Jan Grarup

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Jan Grarup
Born (1968-12-02) 2 December 1968 (age 45)
Occupation Photographer
Years active 1992–present
Website
http://www.grarupphoto.com

Jan Grarup (born 1968) is a Danish photojournalist who has worked both as a staff photographer and as a freelance, specializing in war and conflict photography. He has won many prizes including the World Press Photo award for his coverage of the war in Kosovo.[1]

Early life[edit]

Grarup was born in Kvistgaard, not far from Helsingør, in the north of the Danish island of Sealand. He got his first camera when he was 13 and began to develop black and white photographs. At the age of 15 he took a photograph of a traffic accident and sent it in to the local newspaper Helsingør Dagblad where it was published. When he was 19, he spent his Easter holidays in Belfast at the time of the troubles, gaining an appetite for conflicts.[2]

After studying journalism and photography at the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus from 1989 to 1991, he became first a trainee, then a full-time photographer with the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1991, the year he graduated, Grarup won the Danish Press Photographer of the Year award, a prize he would receive on several further occasions.[4] In 1993, he moved to Berlin for a year, working as a freelance photographer for Danish newspapers and magazines.

During his career, Jan Grarup has covered many wars and conflicts around the world including the Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide, the Siege of Sarajevo and the Palestinian uprising against Israel in 2000. His coverage of the conflict between Palestine and Israel gave rise to two series: The Boys of Ramallah, which also earned him the POY World Understanding Award in 2002, followed by The Boys from Hebron.[3]

On his website, Grarup explains that his work reflects his belief "in photojournalism’s role as an instrument of witness and memory to incite change, and the necessity of telling the stories of people who are rendered powerless to tell their own".[5]

His book, Shadowland (2006), presents his work during the 12 years he spent in Kashmir, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, Rwanda, Kosovo, Slovakia, Ramallah, Hebron, Iraq, Iran, and Darfur. In the words of Foto8's review, it is intensely personal, deeply felt, and immaculately composed.[6] His second book, Darfur: A Silent Genocide, was published in 2009.

After leaving his post at Politiken in the autumn of 2009, he joined the small Danish photographic firm Das Büro in January 2010 where he concentrated on the national market. He continues his international work with the NOOR agency in Amsterdam, of which he is a cofounder.[7] In November 2011, he joined the New York Times as a staff photographer covering Africa and the Middle East, especially Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and the Horn of Africa.[8]

Recent photographs include those of the earthquake in Haiti taken for Time and Dagbladet Information.[9] In late 2011, Garup covered the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.[10]

Assessment[edit]

Per Folkver, Picture Editor in Chief of the Copenhagen daily Politiken, where Grarup has worked for most of his career, explains that Grarup "has developed a kind of humanistic touch, a human sense... Instead of just taking the picture, he is trying to get behind the scenes. He is concerned about what he is seeing and doing longer stories and returning to the same places."[6]

Awards[edit]

Among the many awards Grarup has won are:

  • 1991: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize - Photographer of the year[4]
  • 1995: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year[4]
  • 2000: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year[4]
  • 2001: World press photo – 1st. prize “ People in the news – stories “[11]
  • 2001: UNICEF – Children photo of the Year. Jury’s Special Award.[12]
  • 2001: Visa Pour L`Image – VISA D`Or - Finalist.[13]
  • 2002: World press photo – 1st. prize “ People in the news – stories “[14]
  • 2002: POY World Understanding Award[15]
  • 2002: Finalist, W Eugene Smith Memorial fund for Humanistic Photography, New York.[16]
  • 2002: UNICEF Children photo of the year award. 1st. Prize[17]
  • 2003: Picture of the year, Denmark.[4]
  • 2003: Feature Story of the Year, Denmark.[4]
  • 2004: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year[4]
  • 2005: Visa d'or.[18]
  • 2008: Picture of the year, Denmark. 1st. prize – Photographer of the year[4]
  • 2011: Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner.[19]
  • 2013: I SHOT IT, 1st price, Black and White 2nd Quarter 2012.[20]
  • 2013: World Press Photo, 1st prize stories, Sports Feature.[21]

Bibliography[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "1999, Jan Grarup, 1st prize, People in the News stories", World Press Photo. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Jan Grarup", Politiken. (Danish) Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Jan Grarup - Biography", War Photo Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jan Grarup" Presse Fotograf Forbundet. (Danish) Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Jan Grarup", NOOR Images. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Foto8 Reviews: Shadowland". Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Das Büro ansætter Jan Grarup", Journalisten.dk. (Danish) Retrieved 2 March 2010
  8. ^ Andreas Lindqvist, "Dansk stjernefotograf ansættes på verdens bedste avis", Politiken, 27 November 2011. (Danish). Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Jan Grarup i Haiti (del 2)". Information.dk. (Danish) Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  10. ^ David W. Dunlap, "Lens: Jan Grarup", New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  11. ^ 2001, "Jan Grarup, 1st prize, People in the News stories", World Press Photo. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  12. ^ "UNICEF Photo of the Year 2001". Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  13. ^ "Visa pour l'image, history 2001". Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  14. ^ "1999, Jan Grarup, 1st prize, People in the News stories", World Press Photo. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  15. ^ 59th POY "World Understanding Award". Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  16. ^ "Trent Parke Wins W. Eugene Smith Grant". Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  17. ^ "UNICEF Photo of the Year 2002". Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  18. ^ "Visa pour l'image awards". Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  19. ^ "Jan Grarup: Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner 2011", The Leica Camera Blog. Accessed 24 May 2014.
  20. ^ " I SHOT IT, 1st price, Black and White 2nd Quarter 2012, Jan Grarup"
  21. ^ "World Press Photo, 1st prize stories, Sports Feature, Jan Grarup."

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