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Free Guided Tours of Photography Exhibition

The National Museum of Iceland is holding free guided tours of the exhibition Aðventa á Fjöllum (Advent in the Mountains), which features black-and-white photographs of Iceland’s winter landscape by Icelandic photographer Sigurjón Pétursson, tomorrow, Sunday, July 15.

exhibition_advent_sigurjon_2A photograph from the exhibition. From the website of the National Museum.

The photographs were taken over nine trips to different locations, including Mývatn, Dettifoss, and Jökulsá á Fjöllum, around Iceland during the winter of 2010-2011.

Sigurjón sought inspiration for his photographs in the novella Aðventa (Advent—the Good Shepherd) by Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). The book tells the story of the shepherd Benedikt. While others are preparing for Christmas, Benedikt and his two friends are out searching for lost sheep in the mountains, to bring them through deep snow and winter blizzards to safety.

Sigurjón selected 120 phrases and sentences from the novella, and then chose a location, date and time for each photograph that had relevance to the quotations.

The tour will be held in English at 1 pm, and in Icelandic at 2 pm.

ZR

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