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Overview Exhibit Opens in Reykjavík Photo Museum

By Iceland Review

An overview exhibition of photographs by Karl Christian Nielsen (1895-1951) opened at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography yesterday, May 14, at the occasion of the museum’s 30th anniversary. His work belongs to the museum’s collection.


Nielsen was born on Hverfisgata and raised in the old eastern town of Reykjavík. From 1914 to 1916 he worked and studied photography at the studio of Carl Ólafsson on Laugavegur. After that he worked as a laborer for Reykjavík City authorities.

Even though he struggled to make ends meet and feed his family, Nielsen always kept his camera by his side and one could say that he made photography his lifestyle, as stated in a press release.

In spite of living in poverty, he managed to create an impressive collection of photography, documenting the daily life in Reykjavík in the early 20th century through the eyes of a member of the low-class community.

The photos in the exhibition were taken from 1916-1950. It runs through September 3.

Also currently running at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography is the exhibition “II” by Valdís Thor which opened in the Skotid exhibition hall on May 5, featuring 100 photographs taken in the past decade in Thor’s neighborhood in Reykjavík and elsewhere.

The photographs are presented in an original manner in that visitors are invited to participate in the exhibition by playing with and rearranging the photos and so the exhibition will be different each time a new group of visitors drops by.

The exhibition runs until June 29.

For further information, visit the museum’s website.

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