Collection: Morten M. Løberg

Morten M. Løberg is a renowned art photographer in Norway who has been active in photographic art since the 1970s, and he has mainly worked with black and white photography.

Minimalist style

"Is Morten M. Løberg the consistent minimalist of Norwegian photography", asks art critic Lars Elton. "Because what can one say about a photographer who almost obliterates his own expression? In a series of pictures of snow-covered landscapes, the light is so soft that it is barely possible to make out the outline of the trees which are an unknown number of meters into the landscape. The light glows in the snow fog and makes everything concrete disappear. Almost. What was physical form passes into a self-annihilating dissolution. Almost".

Morten M. Løberg is a member of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK), Visual Artists Oslo (BO), Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF), and BONO. He was born in Hamar in 1953, is a trained photographer and a self-taught artist. In addition to his artistic practice, he has held various roles and positions within the art community, including jury chairman and chairman of the Association of Free Photographers. He was permanently associated with Dagbladet as a photography reviewer from 1981 to 1996. Løberg has had a studio at the Frysja artist center in Oslo since 1979.

Long career

Morten M. Løberg has had a number of solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions. Among his solo exhibitions are exhibitions in Galleri Ullinsvin, Vågå, with retrospective exhibition "I Am Standing Here To See" (2023), Ringebu prestegård (2023), Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag (2022), Galleri Hamar kulturhus (2020), Asker art association ( 2020), Qvale Gallery in Oslo (2017), Fototeca de Cuba in Havana (2016), Galleri Svalbard in Longyearbyen (2012), Fotografiens Hus in Oslo (2009) - and many more. He has also participated in group exhibitions such as "Exposed" at Henie Onstad art center (2021), "The Young Lions: Norwegian camera-based art" at Preus Museum/Norwegian museum for photography (2017), The 6th. Int. Art Biennial, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates (2003) and many more.

Løberg has received a number of grants, including the Norwegian Artists' Grant, the Norwegian Photography Fund, the Ingrid Lindbäck Langaard Foundation's art grant, the Visual Artists' Remuneration Fund and the Norwegian Culture Fund. He has been "Artist in Residence" at Berlevågateliérene/Kvitbrakka in Berlevåg and Cité Internationales des Arts in Paris.

"It is also tempting to see his pictures in a larger, artistic context. Minimalism has many directions, and Morten Løberg moves in a landscape that ranges from Jan Groth's sensitively poetic lines to Sol LeWitt's strict form and line variations. Regardless of art historical references, Morten Løberg has managed to find his own, distinctive landscape. He operates in a photographic context where the extreme becomes the normal, where the peculiar becomes personal" (Lars Elton).

(Photo: Trond Lillebo)

Collection: Morten M. Løberg