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Newsletter Date: 30-01-2013
Zed Nelson - In This Land
Noorderlicht Photogallery / 
2 February
17 March

Opening February 1

New exhibit at the Noorderlicht Photogallery

With In This Land, Zed Nelson tries to fathom the psyche of Israel today. Noorderlicht hosts the international première of this exhibition about a people living in the shadow of a deep-rooted conflict.

In two visits to Israel Nelson made images that serve as a counterweight to the deluge of all-too-familiar photos of stone-throwing Palestinian youths and militant Israeli settlers.

"On my first trip, I travelled the complete border, exploring the notion that Israel is a nation defined by its borders, with a population gripped by a collective siege mentality. In my second series Stones, which underpins the exhibition, I aim to reflect on Israel’s fiercely unwavering belief that its identity is embedded in the very fabric of the land, with its past, present and future inextricably linked to the rocky ground underfoot. These benign objects are gathered from places of deep social, religious and military significance."

London based Zed Nelson (Uganda, 1965) gained recognition working in some of the most troubled areas of the world. More recently Nelson has also turned his focus on Western society, adopting an increasingly conceptual approach to contemporary social issues.

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Friday 1 February at 5 PM
You are most welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition by Dutch filmmaker Esther Hertog in the company of Zed Nelson.
Esther Hertog is a visual anthropologist who won two awards at the IDFA 2012 for her documentary Soldier on the Roof, about the absurdity of everyday life in the Jewish settlement of Hebron.

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Masterclass Northern Lights 2013-2014

The next step in your photographic career

September will see the launch of the fourth edition of the unique - one year - master class for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers. It aims at developing your skills as a photographer and as a marketer of your own work.

Under the direct guidance of Lars Boering of Lux Photo Gallery and curator Marc Prüst, you will work on a themed project during the course of a year. In three sessions of four days each, all participants gather at Noorderlicht in Groningen, The Netherlands. There, accompanied by masters from the world of photography, everything you want and need to know as a professional photographer is firmly discussed.

Starting season 2013-2014, the Northern Lights Master Classes are supported by VII Photo Agency.

You can register from now until June 15th, 2013 with use of the registration form at

Programme and registration

© Maarten de Kok

1rst session: 12 - 15 Sept 2013
Francis Hodgson (photo critic Financial Times) and Adriaan Monshouwer (World Press Photo)
2nd session: 23 - 26 Jan 2014
Magdalena Herrera (director of photography GEO France magazine) and Claudine Boeglin (multimedia director Thomson Reuters Foundation)
3rd session: 22 - 25 May 2014
David Birkitt (DMB Media founder) and Rob van Bracht (freelance creative director)

Coming Up

The Noorderlicht Photogallery is looking forward to the exhibition of the photographers' collective AM Projects
(5 April - 18 May)

This Spring Cruel & Unusual will travel to Sydney, to be exhibited at a Photoville presentation at the Reportage Festival
(25 May - 13 June)

Cruel & Unusual at Photoville NYC 2012

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