Thorsten Overgaard

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Thorsten Overgaard
Born Thorsten Overgaard Nielsen
(1965-03-25) 25 March 1965 (age 52)
Occupation Photographer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Joy Villa (m. 2016)

Thorsten von Overgaard (born 1965) is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography. He writes about photography and is 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 advertising 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 websites, cooperated with Tiscali and World Online on international on-line campaigns, built 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 Ted Sorensen (John F. Kennedy speech-writer), 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 e-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.

Overgaard conducts international photography workshops.[6]


E-books by von Overgaard[edit]

  • 2006. After the Tsunami. MacAlister. ISBN 87-990979-1-5.
  • 2006. After the Tsunami DVD. MacAlister. ISBN 87-990979-1-5.
  • 2009. Twenty Portraits of 2008. Self-published. ISBN 87-990979-2-3.
  • 2010. Forty Portraits of 2009. Self-published. ISBN 978-87-990979-2-0.
  • 2010. The Lightroom Survival Kit. Self-published.
  • 2012. The Salzburg Collection. Leica Gallerie Salzburg. ISBN 978-87-990979-6-8.
  • 2013. Finding the Magic of Light. Self-published.
  • 2014. Die Magie des Lichts Finden. Self-published.
  • 2015. The Moment of Emotional Impact in Photography. Self-published.
  • 2015. The Lightroom Survival Kit 6. Self-published.
  • 2016. The Freedom of Photographic Expression. Self-published.
  • 2016. The New Overgaard Extension Course. Self-published.
  • 2017. A Little Book on Photography. Self-published.
  • 2017. Composition in Photography - The Photographer as Storyteller. Self-published.

Publications with contributions by von Overgaard[edit]

  • Klaus Riskær (2009). "Understrøm". Edited by Overgaard. ISBN 9788798436416.
  • Thomas Bloch Ravn (2009). By Den Gamle. Photographs by von Overgaard.
  • Jørgen Nielsen (2009). Rock i Århus – Brudstykker af en musikhistorie. Aarhus Byhistoriske Fond. Von Overgaard was a contributor/photographer
  • Lindsay Renee Adler and Rosh Sillars (2010). The Linked Photographers' Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media. Cengage Learning.
  • Color Space: Contemporary Photography. Black Box Gallery / Blurb, 2014
  • Snapshot Aesthetic: Domestic and Everyday. Black Box Gallery / Blurb, 2014.
  • Harry Mathias (2015). The Death & Rebirth of Cinema: Mastering the art of cinematography in the digital cinema age. Waterfront Digital Press.

Short films made by von Overgaard about himself[edit]

  • Picture Perfect (2008) – 4 minute documentary on von Overgaard and his view on photography. Made in Faroe Islands. Emma Brumpton/Channel 4.
  • A Life with Leica Featuring Thorsten von Overgaard (2014) – 8 minute documentary on von Overgaard and his view on photography. Made in Rome, Italy. Northpass Media.


  • 2012: Thorsten Overgaard: The Salzburg Collection, Leica Gallery, Salzburg[7]
  • 2012: Thorsten Overgaard: The Raffles Collection Singapore, Leica Gallery, Singapore[8]
  • 2014: Domestic and Everyday, Black Box Gallery, Portland[9]
  • 2014: Color Space: Contemporary Photography, Black Box Gallery, Portland[10]
  • 2014: Art Gemini Prize 2014, TriSpace Gallery, London[11]
  • 2014: Thorsten von Overgaard, Schmidt Marketing, Hong Kong[12]
  • 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: 2nd prize, ArtGemini Prize 2014, Photography category.[13]


  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. ^ Thorsten Overgaard (2005). "After the Tsunami The Book". Retrieved 3 November 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten. "Seminars & Workshops". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Thorsten Overgaard. "We The People"" (in German). March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Snapshot Aesthetic". Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 
  9. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Color Space - Contemporary Photography". Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 
  10. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "ArtGemini2014". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  11. ^ Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Schmidt Marketing". Retrieved 18 Jan 2015. 
  12. ^ "ArtGemini Prize 2014 Winners Announced". ArtGeminiPrize. 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 

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