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Discussing the Future of Photography. EyeEm at Nordic Light Festival

By Severin - 5 min read

On April 23 and 24 a group of shakers and movers met in the very north of Norway to discuss the future of photography. Our contribution: adding thousands of perspectives to the Nordic Light mission to demonstrate the power of connected photography.

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Nordic Light at Festiviteten by Erling Maartmann-Moe on EyeEm

On April 23 and 24 a group of shakers and movers met in the very north of Norway to discuss the future of photography. Our contribution: adding thousands of perspectives to the Nordic Light mission to demonstrate the power of connected photography.

About the Unfestival of Photography

As part of the famous Nordic Light festival, which took part for the 8th time in Kristiansund, Norway, the Unfestival of Photography gathered some of the brightest minds from the likes ofNokia, Facebook, EyeEm, Adobe and Appleas well as some phenomenal artists, researchers and business people.

With technology radically shaping the face of photography and more people taking more photos than ever before, the goal of the Unfestival was to sit down and discuss the present & future of image making.

Rebecca Norris Webb, Alex Webb and Morten Krogvold on stage. Photo by Hans-Peter Brondmo

Topics discussed

Some of the discussed topics were:

What will photography look like in 5 years?
Ownership vs verification
Taking pictures vs making pictures
What does it mean to be a photograph?
What does it mean to be a photographer?
Computational photography: adding a brain to the camera
Copyright & privacy
Why doesn’t my camera have apps?
Open or closed?
My photo – your version
Improving the signal to noise ratio

Participants

Over 2 days around 25 people joined the discussion. Some of the participants were Alex & Rebecca Norris Webb (Magnum), Chris Rainier (National Geographic), Hans-Peter Brondmo & Iván Cavero Belaunde (Nokia), Mikkel Aaland, Peter Krogh (ASMP),Nelson Ramírez de Arellano Conde, Rudy Burger (WCP), Severin Matusek (EyeEm), Kate Jordahl, Yury Prilutsky, Knut Koivisto, Oliver Breidenbach (Boinx) and Morten Krogvold (Nordic Light).

Mikkel, Severin, Ivan, Knut, Kate and Peter discussing. In the back: Nordic Light submission by marit2112. Photo by Hans-Peter Brondmo

EyeEm and the Nordic Light mission

We believe that mobile, connected photography will be the future of photography. So we kicked off the Nordic Light mission to gather thousands of perspectives from people all around the world and show what this new age of taking photos together looks like.

Within 2 weeks more than 2700 photos were submitted by 887 contributors. Out of these the jury at the Unfestival selected 12 to be presented on stage at Nordic Light festival. The selected photos were:

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Nordic Light by BlacksmithPat on EyeEm

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Nordic Light in Alexandria by Shady S. on EyeEm

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Nordic Light by Cristina Del Barco on EyeEm

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Nordic Light at Englischer Garten by Marc K. on EyeEm

vehicle interior

Nordic Light by Eachat on EyeEm

snow

Nordic Light at Festiviteten by Erling Maartmann-Moe on EyeEm

Puddle reflections

Nordic Light by Gilles Saulnier on EyeEm

lifestyles

Nordic Light in Sydney by Ginza on EyeEm

illuminated

Nordic Light in Otaru by alex on EyeEm

clear sky

Oslo Opera House by marit2112 on EyeEm

Shadows of a man about to stab woman

Nordic Light at Dragonfly Bar by Sarah Zucker on EyeEm

blackandwhite by Tm10concept on EyeEm

Congrats! Thank you everyone for participating in Nordic Light. Let’s take photos together and shape the future of photography.

Also recommended: the recap of the festival by co-host Hans-Peter Brondmo.

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