Thorsten Overgaard

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Thorsten Overgaard
Born Thorsten Overgaard Nielsen
(1965-03-25) 25 March 1965 (age 49)
Occupation Photographer, educator, writer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Charlotte Cornelius (m. 1990; div. 2002)
Maibritt Overgaard (m. 2003; div. 2009)
Children Robin Isabella, Caroline Zoe, Oliver Cosper

Thorsten von Overgaard (born 1965) is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator.

Early life[edit]

Overgaard was born in Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark.

From 1983–1985 he was cultural editor of the monthly magazine Blitz where did interviews and featured Danish comics talents.[1]

In 1985, at the age of 20 he co-founded the advertising agency A-Z Reklame with Mogens Gårdsmann.[1]


From 1985 to 1993 he was owner or co-owner of the advertsiing agencies A-Z Reklame, Thorsten Overgaard and D3.[1]

From 1993 to 1994 he worked at RMB advertising in Aarhus and then co-founded AD ONE advertising agency and eventually took over AD ONE in 1996 where he also went into producing Internet websites, cooperated with Tiscali and World Online on international on-line campaigns, build the first Navision eBusiness integration and founded the first on-line coupon magazine and online PR agency.[2]

In November 2000, Overgaard sold all activities of AD ONE to Execon A/S but remained as CEO and member of the Executive Board for a year.[3]

In 2002, he founded a consulting company and also started writing freelance for Iværksætteren, Jyllands-Posten, etc. and also arranged tours with John F. Kennedy speech-writer Ted Sorensen, and edited books for Klaus Riskær Pedersen. He also took up his interest in photography again and started photographing portraits for the interviews he did for the newspapers and magazines.[4]

In early 2005 Overgaard went to South-East Asia to document the relief work after the Tsunami. This resulted in the photo documentary book and DVD "After the Tsunami" as a testament to the relief work performed by volunteers from all over the world.[5]

Overgaard focused on photography from 2006 onwards and worked for Danish magazines and organizations doing reports and portraits.[6][7] He also started portraying celebrities such as Kelly Preston, Juliette Lewis, Seal, Anne Archer, and statesmen such as Hans Blix,[4] Bill Clinton,[8] and the Danish Royal family.[9][10] He has produced images for Getty Images, WireImage, LIFE and Associated Press.[10]

Overgaard conducts international photography workshops.[11]


  • 2012: Leica Galerie Salzburg: "Thorsten Overgaard: The Salzburg Collection".[12]
  • 2012: Leica Gallery Singapore: "Thorsten Overgaard: The Raffles Collection Singapore".[13]
  • 2014: Black Box Gallery, Portland: "Domestic and Everyday".[citation needed]
  • 2014: Black Box Gallery, Portland: "Color Space: Contemporary Photography".[citation needed]
  • 2014: TriSpace Gallery, London: "Art Gemini Prize 2014".[citation needed]


  • 2014: ArtGemini Prize 2014, 2nd prize Photography.


  • Thorsten Overgaard (2006). After the Tsunami. MacAlister. ISBN 87-990979-1-5. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2006). After the Tsunami DVD. MacAlister. ISBN 87-990979-1-5. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2009). Twenty Portraits of 2008. Thorsten Overgaard. ISBN 87-990979-2-3. 
  • Klaus Riskær (2009). "Understrøm". (Editor). isbn 9788798436416
  • Klaus Riskær (2009). "Understrøm podcast". (Editor).
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2010). Forty Portraits of 2009. Thorsten Overgaard. ISBN 978-87-990979-2-0. 
  • "Rock i Århus" (2009). Photographer
  • "Den Gamle By" (2009). Photographer
  • "The Linked Photographers' Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media" (2010). Contributor
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2010). The Lightroom Survival Kit. Von Overgaard Productions. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2012). The Salzburg Collection. Leica Gallerie Salzburg. ISBN 978-87-990979-6-8. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2013). Finding the Magic of Light. Von Overgaard Productions. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2014). Die Magie des Lichts Finden. Von Overgaard Productions. 

Films about Thorsten von Overgaard[edit]

  • 2008: "Picture Perfect". Documentary on Thorsten von Overgaard and his view on photography. Made in Faroe Islands. Running time: 4 minutes. Color. Emma Brumpton/Channel Four.
  • 2014: "A Life With Leica Featuring Thorsten von Overgaard". Documentary on Thorsten von Overgaard and his view on photography. Made in Rome, Italy. Running time: 8 minutes. Color. Northpass Media.


  1. ^ a b c Overgaard, Thorsten (2002). "My Secret Life". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Execon Media Ltd Press Release". 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2000). "Execon Media Ltd". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Overgaard, Thorsten (2007). "The Hans Blix Portrait". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "After the Tsunami The Book". 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2008). "Photographer for Sale". Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2013). "References". Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2007). "Photographing President Bill Clinton". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "An Interview with Thorsten von Overgaard". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Overgaard, Thorsten. "The Lounge". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten. "Seminars & Workshops". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Thorsten Overgaard. "We The People"" (in German). March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 

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