Andrea Gjestvang (b. 1981) is a Norwegian photographer currently based in Oslo. For the past years, she has been focusing on the northern parts of the world, where she explores the intimate life and persistence of people living in remote and inaccessible environments. Her work has a strong political view on the social and anthropological issues related to globalization, identity and cultural uniqueness.
In 2010 Andrea was selected as a participant of the Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo. From 2011-2013 she is part of Norwegian Journal of Photography, a program supporting 10 independent documentary photographers in Norway. In 2012 Andrea was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and on photo festivals worldwide, such as Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Menotrentuno_03 in Sardinia, Galeria Open Mind in Milan, New York Photo Festival and Lumix Festival in Hannover.
Over the years, Andrea has been awarded several prizes, including Picture of the Year Norway 2012, and the prestigious L’Iris d’Or /Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2013. Her work has been supported by grants provided by the Norwegian Freedom of Speech Foundation. In 2012 She launched her first book (En dag i historien), published by Pax.
Her clients and publications include Newsweek, Stern Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, M Le Monde, D La Republica, WIRED, Internazionale, Verdens Gang, Plot, among others.
Andrea Gjestvang is an Official Canon Norway Photographer. She is represented by Panos Pictures.