Merethe Wessel-Berg is a Norwegian photographer based in Oslo, Norway (b. 1973, Aurskog, Norway).
Her specialities are fine art photography, street photography and personal narratives, expressed in black and white. Henri Matisse: "I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black".
Curiosity is her main tool in photography and in life.
She would like her photographs to be like questions. Like scenes from a movie.
"The emotional content of a photograph is essential for me", she says. "When I make my pictures, I use my emotions and temperament. And I hope that the pictures have enough room and openness to allow the viewers to hear their own associations and feelings, too. I want to explore the nuances, what I didn´t already know, what takes me by surprise, rather than the main events or clear, closed stories".
Merethe Wessel-Berg's work is/ will be exhibited in Germany, Spain, Italy, Crimea, Czech Republic, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Greece, Russia, U.S, Taiwan, Philippines, China and Norway.
In 2016 her work was showcased in Berlin Foto Biennale, and in Splaslight Studios, New York, Lucie Awards Event. In June 2017 she participated in the international festival "StreetFoto San Francisco".
She has received awards in international photography contests like IPA 2016, Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2016, Px3 2017, MIFA 2017, Urban Awards 2017, Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2016 and 2017, Pollux Awards 2016 and 2017 and Charles Dodgsons Black and White Award 2017.
Her work was published in the latest issue of:
- Black and White Magazine (U.S) , Issue #121, June 2017.
- SHOTS Magazine, Issue #136, Summer 2017.
She was shortlisted by Life Framer/ "Street Life" theme (juried by David Alan Harvey) in 2017.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (Solo and Collective):
-Restoran Polet, Belgrade, Serbia (Urban 2017 Preview).
-Medusa Cafe, Belgrade, Serbia (Urban 2017 Preview).
-Photo Center Gogolevsky, Moscow, Russia.
-Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
-Profeta Galeria, Budapest, Hungary.
-Harvey Milk Photo Center, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, U.S.
-House of Lucie, Bangkok, Thailand.
-Studio 314 Art Gallery, Tashkant, Uzbekistan.
-Berlin Foto Biennale, and the 4th Bienal of Fine Art and Documentary Photography.
-Splashlight Studios, New York - Lucie Award's Event.
-CDOC Chengdu Photography Center, Crimea.
-Galleri R5, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Oslo, Norway. Solo exhibition.
-Event Centre of SM City Pampanga, Philippines.
-House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. Solo and Collective exhibitions.
-The Novorossiysk Historical Museum, Russia.
-Gallery of the Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Crimea.
-Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.
-Black Box Gallery, U.S.
-A Smith Gallery, U.S.
-Darkroom Gallery, U.S.
-PhotoPlace Gallery, U.S.
-Carter House Gallery, U.S.
-Galleri Rød, Halden Museum/ Haldens Historiske Samlinger, Norway. Solo exhibition.
-Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway's National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum.
-Norwegian Railway Museum/ Norsk Jernbanemuseum, Norway.
-Kokopelli House, Norway. Solo exhibition.
SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS:
-10th Pollux Awards, 2017 (Honorable Mention x 1, Finalist x 2).
-Urban 2017 Photo Awards (Selected work x 6, Finalist x 3).
-MIFA 2017- Moscow International Foto Awards (3rd Prize).
-Px3 2017- Prix de la Photographie Paris (Silver Prize x 2, Honourable Mention x 2).
-The International Street Photography Awards 2017, StreetFoto San Francisco (Finalist).
-10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2017 (Finalist x 3).
-Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 (Finalist).
-Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2016 (Top 100).
-IPA 2016 International Photography Awards (1st Prize Award, Honourable Mention).
-9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2016 (Category Winner).
-2nd Charles Dodgson Black and White Awards, 2017 (Finalist x 3, Honourable Mention x 2).
-9th Pollux Awards, 2016 (Finalist).
-Gullsnitt (the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography): 2002 Gold Award, 2004 Silver Award x 1, Diploma Award x 3).
She received the Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2006 and 2016) from the Norwegian Professional Photographer's Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.