Morten Andersen gave up building airplane models when he was 14 and started making fanzines and photographing friends in punkrock bands instead. Since then he has explored Norwegian forests, different rock scenes, Oslo and big cities around the world with camera in hand. So far this work has resulted in 24 photobooks and a number of exhibitions at home and abroad. He have received the Norwegian State's guaranteed income for artists since 2011.
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Morten Andersen was born in Akershus, Norway 1965. Gave up model plane building and started making fanzines and taking pictures of friends in punk rock bands at the age of 14. Continued shooting for bands and the Norwegian music press during the 1980s, while also working in the darkroom at a daily newspaper in Oslo. Moved to New York and studied at International Center of Photography in 1990, teachers included photographers like Nan Goldin, Ken Schles, Joan Liftin, Charles Harbutt, Larry Clark and others. Had internship with Magnum photographer Gilles Peress. First solo show at Fotogalleriet, Oslo in 1992, since then solo and group shows in New Zealand, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Sweden, USA, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland. Have published 24 books of his own work: Fast City (1999), Days of Night (2003), Oslo F. (2005), Leira (2006), White Nights (2006), Fast/Days (2007), ASS TIME GOES BY (2008), Blå Skog/Blue Forest (2009), Jetlag and Alcohol (2009), Color F (2010), M in M (2011), Black and Blue (2011), Flying, Bodø 85/86 (2012), 16 bilder (lost dogs) (2012), UNTITLED.CITIES (2013), Stock (2014), Foto Nice (2014) Girls just wanna have fun (2014), Now I wanna be your dog (2015), Tokyo 20002002 (2016), Country.Rock (2017), Fast Cities (2018), Fast City (2nd ed. 2019) and Operation Doomsday (2019).
His works are in the collections of Preus Museum, (the Norwegian Museum of Photography) Horten, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Centro Portoguese de Fotografia Porto. Private collections in Paris, New York, Oslo, Athen, Genova, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Wien.
He have received the Norwegian State's guaranteed income for artists since 2011. In 2017 he received city of Oslos prize for artists.
Andersen lives and works in Oslo and Grue Finnskog, Norway.
Represented by Buer Gallery Oslo, In Between Gallery Paris, Spot Homegallery Naples.