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Pagter commenting on iconic pictures

The daily Poltiken has today published a reader’s comment by Søren Pagter. 


In the article Søren Pagter comments on an interview with Fred Ritchin, where the American photo critic is quoted to say; ”we no longer make iconic images, which can change the world”.


Søren Pagter states that the idea of one single image, which can change anything, is a misunderstanding. This kind world-changing, iconic pictures have never existed and the illusion of such devaluates important photojournalistic work.

Søren Pagter nominated for Fotogratula

The first candidates for the Danish award ”Fotogratula” has been announced and head of department of photojournalism, Søren Pagter, is among the 17 shortlistet candidates.


Link: http://djfotograferne.dk/Nyheder/2016/September/DE-FORSTE-FOTOGRATULA-KANDIDATER/


”Fotogratula” is an award to honor a person or an institution that has worked for the development of photography in Denmark. Among the nominees are the Danish photographers Jan Grarup, Henrik Saxgren, Krass Clement, the people behind the PixelArt organisation in Northern Jutland and many others.


The deadline for nominating for the award is the 20th of September.


The award was launched for the first time in 2014, where Mads Greve and Søren Pagter also were nominated for their mutual work with photojournalistic education.  


Fotogratula is handed out every second year. Head of the school Fata Morgana, Morten Bo, received the prize in 2014.


A jury of five people will select this year’s winner.

Phenomena at DMJX

The three former DMJX-students, Sara Galbiati, Tobias Selnæs Markussen and Peter Helles were back at DMJX to talk about their Phenomena project today. They gave a lecture about their book and exhibition project at our welcome to all students event.


Tobias Selnæs Markussen, Sara Galbiati and Peter Helles posing during the break at their lecture at DMJX today. Photo by Søren Pagter.


One and a half year ago the three photographers decided to do a joint venture project about UFO's and paranormal activities in USA. When they went home they created a book dummy and went to the photo festival in Arles, where they had 30 port folios reviews.


After this everything went fast and the Phenomena project became a real book and was selected as one of the main exhibitions at this year's festival in Arles.


During the lecture the three photographers told about the whole process of making the Phenomena project. They also reveiled that they're still working on the project and planning new exhibitions and books.



Almost 60 students ready for the welcome to the autumn term. Photo by Søren Pagter.


At the welcome event Olympus Denmark also showed equipment and told about a new student grant, which will be launched the 1st of November.

Kasper Løftgaard: the story behind the picture

Kasper Løftgaard has been interviewed for The Mango Lab about the story behind one of his pictures form his final BA-project.


In the interview at "The Mango Lab" Kasper Løftgaard shares his experiences in making this picture and making the project "Cowboys".


Kasper Løftgaard graduated in 2015 with this project and won The Scanpix Prize for best Danish photojournalistic  BA-project.


This year, Kasper won first prize in the Sport's Category at the Danish POY for a selection of rodeo pictures, which were a part of this final BA-project.

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Sam Harris teaching at DMJX this week

The Australian based photographer Sam Harris is teaching our Photo2 and final year students this week.


Sam Harris said "hello" to our final year students today. The next week the student will work with "happy Accidents in their photography. Photo by Søren Pagter


Sam Harris is teaching a workshop called "Happy Accidents", which focusses on different tools to enhance the creative process of shooting.


In 2015 San Harris published the book "The Middle of Somewhere", which has just won Photobook of the Year in Australia.

Zoo World project becomes an exhibition

This Thursday the Swedish photographer Julia Lindemalm opens her exhibition Zoo World at Abecita Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden.


Picture from Julia Lindemalm's project Zoo World. The picture was a part of the original Diploma Project made at DMJX and it's a part of Julia's upcoming exhibition at Abecita Konstmuseum.


Former student Julia Lindemalm began working on her project about Zoo’s at DMJX in 2011. The project was her final diploma exam.


Picture from Julia Lindemalm's project Zoo World. The picture was a part of the original Diploma Project made at DMJX and it's a part of Julia's upcoming exhibition at Abecita Konstmuseum.

In the past five years Julia Lindemalm has continued the project and she has visited ten zoos in Europe and also photographed at Sea World in Florida, USA. Julia focusses on how humans keep wild animals in captivity and our relationship to wild animals.


Julia writes this in her intro text to the exhibition:

"Every year 700 million people visit a zoo worldwide. We stand in front of each enclosure for 46 seconds. By arranging nature according to our own desires, we distance ourselves from what we crave – the wild. Zoo World illuminates our unrequited love for animals and questions our self-imposed role as masters of the world."

First day in the autumn term

The school is buzzing again, since today was the first day of the autumn term.


Kent Klich teaching in our Photo2 and 8th term class. Photo by Søren Pagter.


Both the Danish and international can look forward to an interesting autumn, where the different classes will have workshops with for instance :

- Kent Klich

- Sam Harris

- Evelien Kunst

- Bombay Flying Club

- Mathilde Bech

- Jesper Voldgaard

- Bo Amstrup


During the autumn we'll have different guest lecturers visiting the school, for instance the photographers behind The Phenomena Project and the Iranian photographer Ali Shirjan.

DMJX at Crossover Web Documentary Festival

The 16 Danish students from second and third term pre-started their autumn term today when they met at the Crossover Web Documentary Festival in Vejle, Denmark.


DMJX students at the opening reception at the first Crossover Web Documentray Festival. Photo: Søren Pagter.


The students and their teachers Mads Greve and Søren Pagter will participate in the three-day festival, where there will be lectures, workshops and screenings.


The students have had a free choice of one workshop with any of the four possibilities:

- Radiolab storytelling workshop

- Kirsten Luce: Hands-on 360° Workshop

- Jessica Dimmock: Transitioning from Photojournalism to Cinematography

- Different Formats for Different Stories


Henrik Kastenskov given his opening speech at the Crossover festival, which he has founded. Photo: Søren Pagter.


The Crossover festival also features video documentaries made by students from DMJX. A selection of 21 stories made at DMJX has been chosen to represent the school at the festival. Together with this screening the festival also shows an exhibition of the posters, the students have made for their stories.


The posters from the DMJX video documentaries decorate the main meeting point at the Crossover Festival. Photo: Søren Pagter.


It’s the first time the international Crossover Web Documentary Festival is held in Vejle. The Festival is arranged by photojournalist Henrik Kastenskov, who’s also one of DMJX’s teachers of video documentary.

Kasper Palsnov's Visual Project in BJP

Kasper Palsnov is presented in the column New Talent in The British Journal of Photography online.


From the series "Salt" by Kasper Palsnov.


BJP is showing Kasper's Visual Project Salt, which he made during his final term this spring. Together with the presentation there's an interview with Kasper where he is qouted to say this about DMJX:


“Their way of developing ideas with an interest for the society you live in combined with a personal style and approach is a thing that will always be in me from my time there.”


Salt is a reportage, which investigates the mysterious power of the Dead Sea.


From the series "Salt" by Kasper Palsnov.


Kasper was a runner-up in the Undergraduate series category at BJP Breakthrough 2016 - an annual summer season celebrating student photography.

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Five DMJX-students selected for the Eddie Adams workshop

The Eddie Adams Workshop has just launched this year's 100 participants. Among the selected photographers are five DMJX-students:


Betina Garcia, Denmark

Kristen Zeis, US

Sarah Hoffman, US

Alaa Elkamhawi, Egypt

Fabian Fiechter, Germany


It's the 29th time the Eddie Adams Workshop inivites young and talented photographers to participate in a four days intensive workshop with lectures and assignments.


The teachers are a selection of renowned and skilled photographers, picture editors and other people from the media industry.

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