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Ragnar Axelsson

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location: Kópavogur, Iceland

e-mail: rax@qerndu.com

website: rax.is

        Ragnar Guðni Axelsson, also known as RAX was born in 1958 in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland.
        He borrowed his first Leica from his father, when he was ten years old. When he was 18, he became a photographer for the Icelandic Morgunblaðiðið newspaper, and since then has been documenting nature and the lives of the people in the North.
        1976-2020 – A photojournalist at Morgunblaðið, Ragnar has also worked on freelance assignments in Latvia, Lithuania, Mozambique, South Africa, China and Ukraine. His photographs have been featured in LIFE, Newsweek, Stern, GEO, National Geographic, Time, Le Figaro, La Vanguardia, and Polka, and have been exhibited widely.
        For over 40 years, Ragnar has been photographing the people, animals and landscape of the most remote regions of the Arctic. He has done work and stories for various agencies and magazines, shooting in Iceland, the Faroes, Greenland, Indonesia, Scandinavia, and Siberia.
        Ragnar is currently working on a three-year project documenting people’s lives in all eight countries of the Arctic. At this pivotal time, as climate change irrevocably disrupts the physical and traditional realities of their world, he is bearing witness to the immediate and direct threat that global warming poses to their survival.
        Since 2022 – member of the Noga Creative Union (NCU).

        Awards and Honors:
        2003 – Grand Prix of the Festival International de la Photo de Mer, Vannes.
        2001 – Honourable Mention of the Oskar Barnack Award (Leica).
        The annual Icelandic Photojournalists Awards: More than twenty awards, including Photographer of the Year (four times) and Documentary Story of the Year (six times).

        Exhibitions:
        2023 – Where the World is Melting, Deichtorhallen German House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany.
        2022 – Kunstfoyer Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany.
        2021 – Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland.
        2018 – Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík, Iceland.
        2010 – The Athy Heritage Centre-Museum and 10th Anniversary Shackleton School, Ireland.
        2008 – Galerie Argus fotokunst, Berlin, Germany.
        2007 – Faces of the North, Fnac, Milan, Italy.
        2007 – Faces of the North, Musée de la Cohue, Vannes, France.
        2005 – Faces of the North, Paris Photo 2005, Louvre, Paris, France.
        2005 – Faces of the North, Austurvellir, Reykjavík, Iceland.
        2005 – Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin, Germany.
        2004 – Niedersächsischen Staats und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, Germany.
        2004 – Fnac Italie 2, Paris, France.
        2004 – Altonaer Museum (Norddeutsches Landesmuseum), Hamburg, Germany.
        2004 – Galerie Argus fotokunst, Berlin, Germany.
        2003 – Festival International de la Photo de Mer, Vannes, France.
        2003 – Festival della Val d'Orcia, Italy.
        2002 – Un Mondo ai Confini del Mondo, ClicArt, Museo Zucchi Collection, Milan, Italy.
        2002 – Faces and Figures: Contemporary Scandinavian Photography, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee.
        2001 – Faces and Figures: Contemporary Scandinavian Photography, Scandinavia House, New York, USA.
        2001 – Visa pour l'Image: Festival International du Photojournalisme; screening of North Atlantic Project, d'Arles, France.
        2000 – Visa pour l'Image: Festival International du Photojournalisme; screening of North Atlantic Project, Perpignan, France.
        1992 – Tender is the North, visual arts from Scandinavia, Barbican Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom.
        1990 – The Reykjavik Municipal Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland.

        Bibliography:
        2018 – Arctic Heroes, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany. Qerndu. English-language version of Hetjur norðurslóða.
        2018 – Glacier, Qerndu, eng., Reykjavik, Iceland. English-language version of Jökull.
        2016 – Faces of the North: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Crymogea, eng., Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2010 – Hunters of the North, Crymogea, eng., ISBN 978-0-9555255-2-0, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2010 – Last Days of the Arctic, Polarworld, London, UK.
        2010 – Veiðimenn norðursins, Crymogea, isl., ISBN 978-9935420039, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2005 – Die Seele des Nordens. Island, Färöer, Grönland, Mál og menning, deu., ISBN 9979-3-2561-5, ISBN 9979-3-2594-1, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2005 – Visages du Nord: Islande, Féroé, Groenland, Mál og menning, fra., ISBN 9979-3-2593-3, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2005 – Faces of the North: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Mál og menning, eng., ISBN 9979-3-2592-5, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2004 – Andlit Norðursins: Ísland, Færeyjar, Grænland, Mál og menning, isl., ISBN 9979-3-2561-5, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        2003 – Ólafsson, Guðmundur Páll. Um víðerni Snæfells, Mál og menning, isl., ISBN 9979-3-2421-X, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        1991 – Reykjavik, Hagall, isl./eng., ISBN 9979-816-00-7, Reykjavik, Iceland.
        1989 – The Golden Circle, Iceland Review, isl., Reykjavik, Iceland.