Shelters Becoming a Book

A shelter in Landsveit-county, South-Iceland.

Slowly one of my projects from last couple of years, Shelters, is coming together as a book. More about that later, but here is one of the unpublished images; a shelter in Landsveit. The volkano Hekla in the distance …

Saga-Sites in The New Yorker

Saga-Sites are recommended in The New Yorker. The reviewer writes about a “charming show of landscapes” and concludes with: “Figures rarely appear in Collingwood’s delicate little pictures, but Ingólfsson’s much larger photographs include portraits that provide both a richer sense of the land and its people and a welcome contemporary context for the fantastical medieval epics.”

PDN’s pick of the month


PDN – the large and influential monthly Photo Distict News – has selected Saga-Sites as one of the two exhibitions for “Pick of the Month” in the November issue. The other one is New Photography 2012 in MoMA.

Saga-Sites open in Scandinavia House



Family and friends after the opening: Elinborg Una, Einar Falur, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Bell, Ingibjörg and Hugrun Egla.

W.G. Collingwood’s and Einar Falur Ingólfsson’s exhibition Saga-Sites: Landscapes of the Icelandic sagas opened in Scandinavia House in New York at the end of September. A great number of people showed up. The exhibition will be open until January 12.

Saga-Sites to open in Scandinavia House, New York

upcoming Exhibitions


Saga-Sites: Landscapes of the Icelandic Sagas - W.G. Collingwood and Einar Falur Ingólfsson
W.G. Collingwood & Einar Falur Ingólfsson

September 29, 2012 through January 12, 2013

Saga-Sites: Landscapes of the Icelandic Sagas - W.G. Collingwood and Einar Falur Ingólfsson

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) announces a unique exhibition tracking the great, medieval narratives of Iceland – known collectively as the Íslendingasögur, or the Sagas of Icelanders – through the 19th century watercolors of British artist W.G. Collingwood and the personal, documentary photographs of renowned Icelandic artist Einar Falur Ingólfsson. The first of its kind in the United States, the exhibition explores the inimitable visual dialogue forged between Collingwood and Ingólfsson – working over a century apart – and highlights the significance of the sagas within Iceland’s literary heritage and their enduring cultural inspiration.

Images, left to right: W.G. Collingwood, From Mt. Helgafell, June 14, 1897, 1897. Watercolor, 20 x 28 cm. National Museum of Iceland; Einar Falur Ingólfsson, From Mt. Helgafell (27.06.2009), 2009. C-print, 32 x 38 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Saga-Sites is presented by The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and organized by The National Museum of Iceland. The exhibition was curated by Thorbjörg Gunnardóttir. A fully illustrated catalogue, published in Iceland by Crymogea, will accompany the exhibition.

Blurb book from the Iceland-workshop


Students, instructors and assistants at the Iceland workshop 2012.

The second annual workshop with photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Einar Falur, and filmmaker Martin Bell, was held in the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts in Iceland in July 2012. The two week workshop was a great success, with students coming from several contries, and ended with a final review and a short exhibition in The Natinal Museum in Reykjavik.

A selection of student’s work can be seen in a Blurb-book:

More information about the wokshops can be seen at:

Dates for the Iceland workshop 2013 will be set soon …

Sanctuary IX

From Sanctuary, a work in progress. Laugarvatn, 2010.

Sanctuary VIII


From Sanctuary, a work in progress. Poet Óskar Árni Óskarsson, 2010.

Saga-Steads arrive in Akureyri

The bigger part of the Saga-Steads exhibition has been opened to the public in the brand new culture house, Hof, in Akureyri, in north Iceland.

The exhibition will be in Hof until the end of July.

Saga-Steads to Frankfurt

By Tunga in the Hörðudalur-valley, 2008.

Part of the Saga-Steads project will form a part of the exhibition Frontiers of Another Nature – Contemporary Photographic Art from Iceland” which opens in the Franfurt Kunstverein in Germany, August 18th 2011.

The artists represented are Bára Kristinsdóttir, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Icelandic Love Corporation, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson, Katrin Elvarsdóttir, Pétur Thomsen and Spessi.

The curators are Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and Dr. Christiane Stahl, Director of the Alfred-Ehrhardt-Stiftung in cooperation with Inga Lára Baldvinsdóttir, Curator of Photography, National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavík and María Karen Sigurðardóttir, Director of the Museum for Photography, Reykjavík

The Exhibition is a production of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in cooperation with the Frankfurter Kunstverein. It is part of the arts and culture program of the “Fabulous Iceland «Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011«”.