Gisli  Svendsen

Gisli Svendsen

Plus Account



My interest in photography started around 1980 and I got my first real camera, which was Ricoh KR10, 35mm, in 1982. I learned the basics in photographing from a photographer who had a studio in Isafjordur, my hometown, at that time. In the beginnig I shot mainly landscape picture of the beautiful and harsh nature where I lived. I also took picture of people I met on my daily basis, but nothing professional. I studied law at the University of Iceland after graduating from High school in Reykjavík. After three years studying law I started at The School of Photography in Reykjavík in the Autumn 2011 (; and graduated in the beginning of the year 2014, as a professional Photographer. My main focus is in documentaries, and my interest lies in that area. Regarding my interest in documentary, I went to a special Workshop in Israel “The Other Side of the Conflict”, held by the group Punctum, (, November 2013, under guidance of the documentary photographer, Jan Grarup ( After that I went to a wokshop in Asia, mars 2014, with emphasis on people’s live in Cambodia and Vietnam, under guidance from Thorkell Thorkellson, documentary phoptographer ( And I also went to workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, November 2014, under guidance from “Workshopx” where I started a new project (body of Work) regarding “Ladyboys” in Asia. I'm a member of NPPA, and I have done some work on journalist basis. In Mars 2015 I went to documentary people’s life in Bali and Lombokk, Indonesia. My plans for the year 2015 is to keep on doing my projects in Asia. My motto is: Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. (James M. Barrie
  • Nikon Df
  • H0LGA 120SF
  • PENTAX P30t
  • Konica FT-1
  • Nikon AW100
  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon F100
  • Fuji X-Pro 1
  • SIGMA 35mm f/1.4
  • SIGMA 150-500 OS f/5.6
  • NIKKOR AF-s G 24-120 f/4 VR
  • SIGMA 85mm f/1.4
  • SIGMA 12-24 f/3.5
  • NIKKOR AF D 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 makro
  • NIKKOR AF-s G 50 f/1.4
  • Nikon SB-900 flash
  • Nikon SB-900 flash

Lonely Planet in black and white ...

Published May 1st, 2013

Shots from all around, which I have been taking on my trips here and there. All of this pictures are converted to b&w and I also put some grain in it to it´s looks more dramatic. I really love the work of the old masters in Photography. I´m not trying to copy them, but I´m trying to be more like them as an photographer. I want to tell a little story in every picture, but I´m not sure if that´s like others feel about my work. And maybe that´s how it´s going to be :)

Read More →