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Facing the Lens: Dag Alveng

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Dag Alveng
Norwegian, born 1953
The Photographer Shoots Himself, 1981
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the artist 84.9.2
Image: © Dag Alveng/Courtesy Deborah Bell, New York

The Norwegian photographer Dag Alveng has worked in performance, video, installation, and both straight and conceptual photography. In 1976, after studying abroad, he and a few others opened the first gallery devoted to photography in Scandinavia. For a time, Alveng lived concurrently in New York and Norway, but he now resides in Oslo. This self-portrait, which probably required a number of takes, graces the first screen of the photographer’s Web site, suggesting that it well represents how he thinks of himself now, thirty years after tripping the cable he holds in his hand.

Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers is on view January 21—August 28, 2011 in the Harrison Photography Gallery 365.

Participate in the Exhibition
Upload your self-portrait or photos of photographers to the MIA’s Facing the Lens group on Flickr. Your photos will be featured in the gallery and also on the MIA’s Web site. Please include your name, title of photo, and the date the photo was taken.
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