The Fritt Ord Foundation and the editorial staff of The Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) received a large number of excellent applications for inclusion in this first edition of the NJP. To be published in the autumn of 2012 and launched internationally, the book is the result of a process under which the photographers selected for inclusion will be followed up through master classes and personal guidance.

The works-in-progress will be available for viewing at www.njp.no. The quality of Norwegian documentary photography has improved dramatically in the past 10 to 15 years, and it is clear that more than these 10 could have been selected. However, these 10 were chosen because we feel that they demonstrate the quality and commitment necessary for such projects over time. At the same time, we have chosen them with a view to this group to a certain extent complementing each other and benefiting from each others’ experience and different approaches. Last, but not least, these works are in a situation in which the opportunity to break through at the international level will potentially be of great significance.

By publishing the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP), the Fritt Ord Foundation, in collaboration with photographers and photo editors Rune Eraker, Laara Matsen and Espen Rasmussen, is establishing a forum for independent documentary photography. The NJP will publish a large-format book that reflects the aim to present the very best of Norwegian documentary photography. This will be an arena where independent photographers who work in the interface between traditional press photography on the one hand and art photography on the other, will be able to present their projects in their full breadth. This milieu can encourage as well as critique the works.

See the selected photographers here!