Morten Andersen’s photographs are clearly influenced by the pioneering Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, his pictures imbued with a cinematic quality with his high contrast tones, skewed angles and a film noir sense of foreboding, a dark narrative that is complex and confusing, mysterious and atmospheric.
Andersen began his career shooting local Punk bands in his native Oslo in the 1980’s and although he no longer works in the music industry his aesthetic has been shaped by it, the hardcore, graphic style that lies at the core of punk remains in his pictures, is still present, still demands to be heard.
These days Andersen works exclusively on his own projects mainly making photo books which he sees as a fundamental part of his artistic process, a step towards creating narratives through photography. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
Since 1999, the photobook has been my main medium for showing my work. Since then I have made and published 12 books, most of them self-published. Besides being an object of art in itself, the book is a democratic, accessible and intimate medium where the sum of the single images and the editing creates a larger whole that, like in a novel or a film, makes a story that can bring you to a new place and experiences. Common for all my work, the motivation for photographing comes from curiosity and the desire to explore and investigate places and environments – be it the Oslo underground rock scene, Norwegian forests, my own neighbourhood, or international cities.