asger carlsen

Asger Carlsen

November 11, 2015

Asger Carlsen is a photographer born in Denmark in 1973. He is best known for his distorted, monochromatic photographs of human figures.

Carlsen's career started at the age of 16 when he sold a photo to the local newspaper. The photo showed the police yelling at him and his friends. After that, Asger was a crime-scene photographer, and later commercial photographer, working for magazines. In 2006, he was having fun on his computer and adding images on top of each other, which resulted in an image of an odd face with numerous eyes. The image came out as a surprise and the artist, who was trying to make the name for himself in the world of commercial photography, wasn't comfortable with its distortion, so he didn't show it to anyone for a year. He felt like he was violating the photographic etiquette.

The photographer's works are influenced by surrealistic ideas

Untitled, Wrong series, 2010

Now, Asger Carlsen is famous for his digitally manipulated images which feature rearranged and transformed bodies. His images are surprising, odd and confusing. They present human figures without a face, with too many eyes, without legs, consisting only of lower parts of the body or any other combination of body parts. These impossible figures of twisted and weird shapes resemble sculptures, made of barely recognizable human bodies. The photographer's goal is to deconstruct the common principles of photography.

Hester is the name of the street Carlsen lives on

Untitled, Hester series, 2012

He has been featured in numerous publications, such as The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Wired Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Vice Magazine, Juxtapoz and Garage Magazine.

Carlsen has been exhibiting his works in galleries and venues in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia. He had solo exhibitions in Rome, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Los Angeles, United States; Paris, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cologne, Germany; and New York, United States.

Asger Carlsen lives and works in New York, United States.

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