Icelandic Photographer Captures Intimate Portraits

Lately, we’ve taken to Greta María Ásgeirsdóttir’s understated portraits. Since finishing her BA in Photography in 2017, the photographer and musician has been shifting between art and documentary, with her main focus being portrait photography.

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Adna, September '18

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“I bought my first camera when I was 12, and took photos of leaves on the ground,” recalled Ásgeirsdóttir in an interview with wertn. But even though she’d always been fascinated by the camera, the Iceland-born, Berlin-based artist didn’t think she’d end up being a photographer.

“It was my dad who suggested it when I finished high school,” she explained. “I wanted to move abroad but I did not know what to study, and he knew that I liked Berlin, but I was looking at literature studies etc, and he said ‘why don’t you do photography? It’s what you’re doing right now!’”

Her photo-shoots have an intimate, if somewhat nostalgic, feel to them. “I tried to do more shootings where I plan everything but I never end up with that result; I think it also should be fun, and I really like having a bit of freedom without a very clear idea beforehand, instead of thinking ‘I have to make it perfect,’” Ásgeirsdóttir added.

Take a closer look.

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1st of May

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When we went to Leipzig in March

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Jelena in Gbg, '19

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Madde on Hólabraut, November 2016

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