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Mads Nissen, Rebekka Reuter (WestLicht), Anaïs Conijn, World Press Foundation Amsterdam

Lecture World Press Photo of the Year Winner Mads Nissen

Close to 200 visitors came to see World Press Photo winner Mads Nissen on Friday night at WestLicht Museum. The photographer presented a closer look at three of his most recent series, among them the project on Homophobia in Russia to which the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 belongs. The picture shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg. Nissen shared his experiences from working on the project and talked about the social discrimination and the violence homosexuals are faced with in Russia. His photographs, Nissen said, are a means to fight these atrocities by showing what matters and what connects us: The love among the people.

Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he moved for two years to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. After working in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. In Denmark, Nissen worked for Berlingske/Scanpix, and in 2014 joined the daily Politiken as a staff photographer. Nissen’s work has been awarded among others in the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year contests, in Denmark he has twice been voted photographer of the year.


Fotos: Christine Miess/WestLicht