Torkil Gudnason

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Torkil Gudnason (born in Denmark) is a New York based fashion photographer.


Torkil Gudnason's award winning career in photography started as a teenager, when he would tie an 8mm film camera to the tip of his skies, and record his wild downhill rides. Inspired by his sense of adventure, Torkil embarked on a full-time career as a fashion photographer. Gudnason started working as a fashion photographer assisting Jørn Freddie in Copenhagen, Denmark and then moved to New York in 1978. From New York Gudnason started assisting Guy Bourdin in Paris, and Antonio Lopez, Jean-Paul Goude and Patrick Demarchelier in New York. Dividing his time between Paris and Milan, he began perfecting his craft before making a permanent move to New York City. Since then the list of fashion magazines and advertising clients Torkil Gudnason has shot with is practically a Who's Who of fashion and beauty.

Originally from Denmark, Torkil Gudnason approaches photography with a no-nonsense, Scandinavian sensibility. His style is simple and graphic. He prefers shooting in color in order to play various hues off one another. When asked to list five things he can't live without as a photographer, his answer is appropriately succinct: "light, light, light, light and more light."


Gudnason has shot fashion stories for Vogue, Tatler, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Flaunt, Allure, Marie Claire, Paper, Dansk, Surface, Vanity Fair. Gudnason has contributed to the image development of Estée Lauder, Guerlain,[1][2][3] Elizabeth Arden,[4] L'Oréal,[5][6] Lancôme, Piaget,[7] MAC Cosmetics, Bergdorf Goodman, Montblanc, Lexus,[8] Rolex, Huit,[9][10][11] Givenchy, Shiseido, Armani. Celebrity subjects have most famously included Catherine Zeta-Jones,[4] Beyoncé, Liv Tyler, Miloš Forman, Rosario Dawson, Diane Kruger, Isaac Mizrahi,[12] Lars von Trier, Andie MacDowell. André 3000 (OutKast), Björk, Sean Lennon, Gong Li, Udo Kier, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Christian Lacroix, Bette Midler, Sharon Stone, Jamie King, Andrée Putman, and models such as Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Hurley, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss.


Status:15, Danmarks Fotomuseum, Denmark, 2016

Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg, Denmark, 2014

Torkil Gudnason, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY, 2014

Body Vase, Galerie A, Paris, France, 2013

The Naked & The Nude, Curated by Peter Weiermair, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, 2013

Electric Blossom, Edelman Arts, New York, NY 2012

Electric Blossom, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY 2012

Fashion Photography – Tradition and Invention, Preus – national museum of photography in Norway, Horten, Norway, 2012[14]

Hot House, Ports 1961 Gallery, New York, NY, 2009[15]

Dreamwomen - Beauty in the 21st century, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, GERMANY, 2008[16]

Torkil Gudnason exhibition, MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN, 2007 [17][18]

Natural Elements, Part II, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York, NY, 2000

A Big Show of Small Work, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York, NY, 1998+1999

Organics, Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, NY, 1996

Natural Elements, Bridgewater/Lustberg, New York, NY, 1994

Permanent Collection, Photo Museum Odense, DENMARK, 1994

Permanent Collection, MoMA, Wakayama, JAPAN, 1993

Organic Elements, Charlottenborg Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, DENMARK, 1993

Organic Series, Reykavil Municipal Art Museum, Reykavil, ICELAND, 1992

The Colors of Fashion, Arcade Gallery, FIT, New York, NY, 1992

Faculty Show, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, 1990

Art of Persuasion, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY, 1988

Photography for Advertising, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, 1987


Certificate of Excellence, American Photography, Men's Journal, January 1995

Northwest Addy Award, Merit, Nike for Wieden+Kennedy, 1994

Award of Excellence., Society of Newspaper Design, Washington Post Magazine, December 1994

MPA Kelly Award. Magazine Publishers of America, October 1993

PDN/Nikon, 1st Prize, Art Directors Club. New York, October 1991

Award of Excellence. Photography Annual by Communication Arts Mag. California, August 1991

Creativity Eighty; Editorial for GQ, New York, August 1980

Ilford. Golden Release. 1st Prize. Denmark, 1976

Europhot Youth Scholarship, Foundation Maeght, St Paul de Vence, France, 1973


Published Books[edit]

"Body Vase", Damiani Press, 2013, ISBN 978-88-6208-296-9

"Torkil Gudnason - Selected Photographs 2005-2010", North8Editons, 2010, USA, ISBN 978-1-4507-4466-9

"Hot House", Torkil Gudnason Studio, 2010, USA

Articles / Featured in Books[edit]

"Cover Profile" Advertising Technique. No 8 (Dec. 1980) p. 1 & p. 6-8

"Cover Story" Commercial Photo. Japan No. 217 (Aug. 1981) p. 1 & p. 35-56

"New Talent" Art Direction Magazine (Apr. 1983) p. 11-14

"From Silk to Marble" with Colette. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1985) (27 plates in color)

"Whats new Portfolio" Adweek 27, No.9 (Feb. 24, 1986) p. 48

"Cube Root" Advertising Technique (Mar. 1986) p. 14-19

"The Art of Persuasion" by Robert A. Sobiezek, Harry Abrams, NY (Mar. 1988) p. 188 (plate 146)

"Collection Images" Special issue of Kodak's International Photography Magazine (Sep. 1992) p. 34

"Cover -profile" Foto & Film, Denmark (nr.7/8, Aug. 1992) p. 16-21

"Color of Fashion" Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Inc. NY (Dec. 1993) p. 68, 186

"Organic Series" Blind Spot, New Photography. Premiere issue, NY (Jan. 1993)

"Idea Mag." T.Gudnason, photogr., Intl Adv. Art, Japan (Feb. 1993 #237) p. 76-82

"Moschino" Leonardo Arte, Italy, (Oct. 1997) p. 43, 72

"Wildness" Dolce & Gabbana, Italy (Nov. 1998) p. 132-133

"Mode;Models" Hiro Ikeda, Publisher, Tokyo, Japan (Sep. 1998) p. 38-41

"Manolo Blahnik" HarperCollins (Aug. 2000) p. 86

"Masterminds of Mode" Hiro Ikeda, Publisher, Tokyo, Japan (Feb. 2000) p. 45

"Beaute du Siecle" Editions Assouline, Paris (Mar. 2000) p. 283, 297, 322

"Graphis - The Int. Journal of Design and Communication", #342, NY (Nov./Dec. 2002), p. 66-87, ISSN 0017-3452[19]

"Graphis Photo Annual 2004", 2004, p. 39, ISBN 1-931241-33-3

"Beauty in Vogue" Ediciones Conde Nast S.A., 2006, 'Golden Torso', ISBN 84-611-4050-8

"Pucci" Benedikt Taschen, Taschen, Limited Edition of 10,000 copies, Italy, 2010, p. 182-183 + 374-375[20] ISBN 978-3-8365-0736-3

"American Photography 27", USA, 2011, Front Cover & Back Cover + p. 124-125 [21][22] ISBN 1-886212-36-8

"Motefotografi - Tradisjon og Nyskapning" Preus Museum - national museum of photography in Norway, 2012, p. 64-71, ISBN 978-82-92999-02-8


  1. ^ "Guerlain-Terracotta". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Guerlain-Issima Secret Divin". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Guerlain-Issima Fonds De Tein". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Elizabeth Arden (Catherine Zeta-Jones)". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  5. ^ "L'Oreal-Endless". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  6. ^ "L'Oreal-Blush and Cil". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Piaget". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Lexus". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  9. ^ "Huit". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  10. ^ "Huit - behind-the-scenes". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  11. ^ "Huit - making of a shooting". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  12. ^ "Isaac Mizrahi". Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  13. ^ "exhibitions". Retrieved 2010-11-24. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Preus Exhibition". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  15. ^ "Exhibition Pictures". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  16. ^ "Deichtorhallen Hamburg". Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  17. ^ "Graphis vol. 342". Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  18. ^ "Pucci". Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  19. ^ " p.124-125". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  20. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 

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