Based in: Askeby
Egon Gade, studied as a photographer at the Media school in Denmark. At the age of 22, he opened his first studio in 1981 working as a freelance photographer based in Copenhagen.
Egon began, as one of the few during the eighties and nineties, to specialize in style and advertising photography. The client list grew and today Egon draws on his extensive experience with assignments for Scandinavian and international brands like Carlsberg, Tuborg, Danfoss, Maersk, Bang & Olufsen, Montana, Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen.
When working on assignments, Egon frequently acts as art and creative director. Egon Gade’s images range from genres style and advertising to portraits and photographic art. His playful, visionary and open approach to photography gives to his constant pursuit for developing both genre and style. A crucial source of inspiration comes from the uncomplicated Nordic aesthetic – the light, the colours, the forms and the lines that, for example are reflected in design, architecture and in the Scandinavian landscape.
Egon has been awarded with many international prizes such as, The Clio Show and Cannes Lion, for his work. He is also listed in Lürzers Achives “200 Best Photographers Worldwide from 2004 to 2013.
For me, it's hard to describe something as natural as what I do and have done for more than 40 years. Which has become instinctive by virtue of my work as a photographer. What I learned at school and which is refined again and again.
When I look out over a landscape, it doesn't take me very long to explore it. In search for motifs, section, cropping. The big landscape picture is not always that interesting, for me, it becomes more a record of having been there.
I may need it to use it to understand my other images in the process. But the finished image is not for me to understand, rather to excite, inspire, abstract from the real. I take advantage of the fact that over my long career in photography, I have practiced every day making sections, cropping and finding the right angle where the object looks most interesting.
I crop almost exclusively in camera, but at school we also learned to crop images afterwards, in the darkroom, it was always about excluding something, so what was left was what was interesting. In my work with photographic art, I find myself practising the art of cropping.
For me, it's also about creating depth and working with the layers of contrast in the image. Walking in a magnificent Norwegian landscape is like walking into yourself. I become humbled by places and things that are so much physically bigger than oneself.
The peace to immerse yourself. Pictures for me are pauses and my pictures may be where you forget for a moment where you are. The Nordic light, I was born in.
More About Egon Gade
What inspires you?
Nature and its amazing diversity
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Simplicity, playful, design
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
My eyes, my camera, Adobe Photoshop, color palette
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Danish School of Photography
International Color Awards "Silhouette Winner"
International Color Awards "Abstract" nominee
International Color Awards "Nature" nominee
International Color Awards "Architecture" nominee
International Color Awards "Honorable Mention" Tulip
International Color Awards "Honorable Mention" Fine Art Oth
Int. Color Awards "Honorable Mention" Fine Art Portrait
Int. Color Awards "Honorable Mention" People Portrait
TREVISAN INTERNATIONAL ART
Red Dot Miami Art Fair
United States of America, 2023