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Erik Stenbeck 

Born 1951 in Norway

Art has dominated my life as long as I can remember. 

I started out with drawing and painting which has culminated in photography.

I have studied Art History and languages with a focus on communication.

Mysticism of nature and its relation to man is what I try to explore in my photos.

My images challenge the observer “to see the unseen”.

The subjects that flood my photography are, however, varied, from the human figure to landscapes and architecture, with a particular inclination for the black and white range. 

Existential insecurity is a central theme of many of my images.

My photographs are accidental observations in daily life. I try to catch the spontaneity of a situation. None of the compositions are constructed.



University of Oslo

Østfold College


Academic degree: cand. philol. / Master of Arts

Studies in History of Art and languages (German and English)



Morten Krogvold Workshop / Self taught

Art studies




May/June 2022

FotoNostrum Barcelona


I have been participating at an exhibition at FotoNostrum, Barcelona, in May/ June 2022. FotoNostrum is a photo gallery wth International connections for established and upcoming artists. Helmut Newton was one of the artists represented.

Steve McCurry started the exhibition programme in February 2022.

The title of my exhibition was «Uncertain Certainty». The theme was mysticism of nature related to man. The images invite the observer «to see the unseen».


April 2023

FotoNostrum Barcelona


I was part of an exhibition with Steve McCurry, Robert Doisneau, Gideon Lewin and  Alsina. 

This time I was showing large format photographs.


October 2023

FotoNostrum Barcelona


Again I am represented with large format photographs.

October 2023

Galleri Ramfjord – Oslo, Norway

Grants Exhibition


Among 2700 submissions from all over the world I was one of 25 finalists.

The categories were painting, installation, sculpture, embroidery and photography. Four photos made it to the final. There were three winners, all paintings.




September 2022

I am represented in the issue no 28 of FotoNostrum magazine.




International Photography Awards:

Honorable mentions 2020, 2021

Official Selection 2022


Tokyo International Photo Awards:

Official Selection 2022


London International Creative Competition

Official Selection in Shoot (photo/video) 2022


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