Mood - Exhibition Opening at Reykjavík Museum of Photography

The exhibition, „Mood“, opens at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography Saturday January 16 at 15:00 (3 pm). The exhibition includes photos by Friðgeir Helgason taken in Iceland and The United States, which are a part of a documentary currently being worked on by the filmmaker Þorgeir Guðmundsson about Helgason.

S. Björn Blöndal, the Chairman of the City Executive Council, will open the exhibition. The exhibition is a part of the Icelandic Photography Festival 2016.

„It doesn‘t seem to matter if the photographer is in New Orleans or in Fáskrúðsfjörður; different worlds become one, seen through his lens.“

-Auður Jónsdóttir, writer

Friðgeir Helgason was born on the small island of Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) located of the mainland’s south coast. When he was six years old, he and his family were evacuated to escape a volcanic eruption, which in the weeks that followed, led to the loss of their home.

Friðgeir spent most of his formative years in Reykjavík with summer breaks spent at sea working on fishing trawlers and merchant marine ships. Friðgeir dropped out of school when the Prime Minister of Iceland, Steingrímur Hermannsson, gave him a ticket to Europe for winning the equivalent of Rock n' Roll Jeopardy. He set off to see the world.

Friðgeir first visited The United States as a tourist, arriving on Christmas Day in 1986. Within a few years, he was living in Louisiana, working as a promising young chef in New Orleans.

In 2004, Friðgeir's personal life collapsed - homeless and addicted - he was living in a cardboard box on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. He checked himself into the Midnight Mission, which primary purpose is to take the homeless and re-establish them again as useful and self-respecting citizens. He formally graduated from the program in 2006. During his stay at the mission, he returned to school, studying Cinematography at Los Angeles City College. During a requisite Beginning Photography Class, Friðgeir discovered his creative voice in photography.

"The photographs in the exhibition are taken in the two places that are very close to my heart, Iceland and Louisiana. I worked on the project from 2008 to 2013. The images are captured on Kodak film and then processed in the old traditional way. I know nothing better than driving aimlessly on the highway, with good old Pentax and lots of films in the trunk. Stop at a roadside kiosk for a bite, chatting away with locals and shooting some photos while totally immersed in that special mood "-Friðgeir Helgason

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