A new exhibition by IR’s photographer and deputy editor Páll Stefánsson entitled “XXV X2” opens in Gerdarsafn Art Gallery in Kópavogur today, along with the Press Photo Association of Iceland’s annual exhibition.
Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde will speak at the opening.
“I think I always hold my breath when I take a photo. A 25-year-old habit. I believe the photo will be sharper that way,” commented Stefánsson, who is commemorating both his 25th anniversary as a photographer for Iceland Review and his 50th birthday with the exhibition.
The photographs on display in Stefánsson’s exhibition were all taken last year – the inset photo is from Timbuktu, Mali, taken in January 2007. “I don’t like taking a long look back in time. I’m more excited about tomorrow; I have no pictures of it,” Stefánsson added.
Stefánsson studied in Sweden between 1979 and 1982 and has worked for Iceland Review and Atlantica since. He is currently involved in a project for UNESCO, photographing world heritage sites, and working on a book about Africa to be published by PHK in 2009.
Stefánsson has published 15 books. The most recent, PS, was released in 2006.
“XXV X2” is open until March 16.