Andrea Gjestvang (b. 1981 in Norway) is living and working between Oslo and Berlin, where she takes on assignments and pursues long term personal documentary projects.
With an intimate photographic approach she explores political and social issues often connected to the lives of adolescents. In 2012 she finished the project “One Day in History”, with portraits of the young survivors of the 22nd of July 2011 terror attack on Utøya, Norway. The project gained international recognition, exhibitions and awards, including the prestigious L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2013.
In 2015 Andrea portrayed young asylum seekers who had been deported back to their home countries after living in Norway for many years. The project, which was called “Return”, has been published internationally and exhibited in art museums in Norway. She is also touring Norway with a workshop for adolescents.
Andrea’s fascination and interest in remote and inaccessible environments in the North, has brought her to Greenland and the Faroe Islands, where she explores the intimate lives and persistence of people in vulnerable communities.
In 2010 Andrea was selected for Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012 she was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging photographers to watch, and in 2013 she won the Picture of the Year in Norway. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and on photo festivals, including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich and Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hannover. Her pictures have appeared in various newspapers and magazines including TIME, M Le Monde, D La Repubblica, Sunday Times Magazine, New York Times, Stern, WIRED, Newsweek, Verdens Gang, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin etc.
Andrea Gjestvang is a photographer with Panos Pictures in London.