Thorsten Overgaard

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Thorsten Overgaard
Born Thorsten Overgaard Nielsen
(1965-03-25) 25 March 1965 (age 51)
Occupation Photographer
Years active 1985–present

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.[citation needed] He also started portraying celebrities Kelly Preston, Juliette Lewis, Seal, Anne Archer, and statesmen Hans Blix, Bill Clinton, and the Danish Royal family.[citation needed] He has produced images for Getty Images, WireImage, LIFE and Associated Press.[citation needed]

Overgaard conducts international photography workshops.[6]


  • 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. Self-published. ISBN 87-990979-2-3. 
  • Klaus Riskær (2009). "Understrøm". (Editor). ISBN 9788798436416.
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2010). Forty Portraits of 2009. Self-published. ISBN 978-87-990979-2-0. 
  • Jørgen Nielsen (2009). Rock i Århus – Brudstykker af en musikhistorie. Aarhus Byhistoriske Fond.  Contributor/Photographer
  • Thomas Bloch Ravn (2009). Den Gamle By. Den Gamle By.  Photographer
  • Lindsay Renee Adler and Rosh Sillars (2010). The Linked Photographers' Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media. Cengage Learning.  Contributor
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2010). The Lightroom Survival Kit. Self-published. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2012). The Salzburg Collection. Leica Gallerie Salzburg. ISBN 978-87-990979-6-8. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2013). Finding the Magic of Light. Self-published. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2014). Die Magie des Lichts Finden. Self-published. 
  • Black Box PDX (2014). Color Space: Contemporary Photography. Black Box.  [7]
  • Black Box PDX (2014). Snapshot Aesthetic: Domestic and Everyday. Black Box. [8]
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2015). The Moment of Emotional Impact in Photography. Self-published. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2015). The Freedom of Photographic Expression. Self-published. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2015). Composition in Photography - The Photographer as Storyteller. Self-published. 
  • Thorsten Overgaard (2015). The Lightroom Survival Kit 6. Self-published. 
  • Harry Mathias (2015). The Death & Rebirth of Cinema: MASTERING THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY IN THE DIGITAL CINEMA AGE. Waterfront Digital Press.  Contributor

Films about 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 4.
  • 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.


  • 2012: Thorsten Overgaard: The Salzburg Collection, Leica Gallery, Salzburg[9]
  • 2012: Thorsten Overgaard: The Raffles Collection Singapore, Leica Gallery, Singapore[10]
  • 2014: Domestic and Everyday, Black Box Gallery, Portland[11]
  • 2014: Color Space: Contemporary Photography, Black Box Gallery, Portland[12]
  • 2014: Art Gemini Prize 2014, TriSpace Gallery, London[13]
  • 2014: Thorsten von Overgaard, Schmidt Marketing, Hong Kong[14]
  • 2015: Exhibition Von Overgaard: In support of the Children of Cambodia, Leica Gallery, Singapore[citation needed]
  • 2015: Noctilux - King of the Night, Hong Kong[citation needed]


  • 2014: ArtGemini Prize 2014, 2nd prize Photography.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Overgaard, Thorsten (2002). "My Secret Life". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Execon Media Ltd Press Release" (PDF). 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2000). "Execon Media Ltd". Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. "Seminars & Workshops". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2015). "Color Aesthetic". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  8. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2015). "Color Aesthetic". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  9. ^ "Thorsten Overgaard. "We The People"" (in German). March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Snapshot Aesthetic". Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Domestic_and_Everyday" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Domestic_and_Everyday" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  11. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Color Space - Contemporary Photography". Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 
  12. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "ArtGemini2014". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  13. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Schmidt Marketing". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  14. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "ArtGemini2014-winner". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 

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