Newsweek posted Andrea Gjestvang’s portraits of survivors of the 2011 Norway attacks yesterday on their website. The series is printed in the latest Newsweek Int’l (2-8 July 2012 issue) which I received through the door this morning.
It’s interesting to note that all the text is by photographer Gjestvang herself. I’ve noticed Newsweek print photo essays quite regularly just with the photographer’s, usually rather short, text and no other reporting (What text you see in the tearsheet below, is more than average I’d say). I don’t remember seeing any photo features for instance in Time magazine that wouldn’t have text by a reporter. That being said, it would appear all of these features in Newsweek have been bought rather than assigned. In any case, I think it’s terrific Newsweek print these stories. I love good reporting and great photography combined, which especially Time do so well, but it’s nice if there are outlets for photo-led pieces also in these major current affairs publications. And if there’s little text to such photo heavy pieces, it’s actually great to get the first hand account to the images by the photographer him/herself.
In a recent interview with B&H’s Insights blog, Gjestvang briefly mentioned this project and said it was the first time she was working in 5×4. The photos seen here are part of a larger project to be published as a book later this year.
Andrea Gjestvang (b. 1981, Norway) is a Norwegian photographer based between Oslo and Berlin. In 2010, she took part in the Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012, Gjestvang was chosen in the PDN30. She is represented by Moment Agency.