Tobias Nicolai

Talk and dinner / Copenhagen Photo Festival

Talk and dinner hosted by Atla at Lille on Refshaleøen as part of the official program of Copenhagen Photo Festival. 

ATLA is teaming up with the amazing crew from Lille Bakery for a photographic talk and delicious dinner during Copenhagen Photo Festival on the 30th of June from 16.30 - 22. This evening we will explore the danish citizen test, it’s 40 questions and what’s behind them. We will learn about the bizarre yet funny birthday tradition of getting covered in cinnamon when turning 25 — sometimes in a very dramatic setting. We are going to get so close that we can almost taste the sweetness of the spice in the air. We will wonder, laugh and explore together with the talented photojournalists and their projects ‘The Ritual’ by Tobias Nicolai and ‘All you should know’ by Ida Marie Odgaard and Ivan Boll. After the talk, lille will prepare a wonderful three course menu to share and hopefully continue the conversation. Through both photo journalistic bodies of works, ’All you should know’ by Ida Marie Odgaard and Ivan Boll and ’The Ritual’ by Tobias Nicolai, we will explore the questions of when and why something is defined as Danish – both through the 40 questions of the the Danish citizenship test, and the rite of passage to get covered in cinnamon on your 25th birthday.”

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Skin for Weekendavisen

Commissioned to shoot photos for a piece in Weekendavisen on how we treat our skin.

“No shampoo, no conditioner, no soap, no deodorant, no lotions. The american doctor James Shamblin has not showered for five years, and he is far from alone. A lot of the people who knows our skin follows the same strategy. Just like the biologists long for wild, untouched forrest, the microbiologists long for wild untouched skin where the microorganisms kan live. They want us to forget what we know about skincare and let the skin do what its good at.

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Words: Pernille Steensgaard

Photo editor: Mie Brinkmann

Layout: Liv Ajse

Diversions curated by Little Stories

Collection of 15 images under the title ‘Closest Things’ featured in the Diversions gallery curated by Little Stories. 

“The things closest to us interest me the most. A spiderweb on a balcony in the first light of day soon fading back to normal when the sun burns off the dew. My brother’s eye on his 31st birthday. A young author picking up a tiny frog in the palm of his hand. I find myself being magnetically drawn to the details and aesthetics of the things we think we know. To get as close as possible. I am interested in portraying my surroundings, and by lifting subjects away from their environment and placing them in another context I can highlight the exoticness in our vicinity that I am endlessly fascinated with and thereby challenge perceptions and expectations. Whether I am working on larger documentary projects, on commissioned assignments or just happen to stumble upon a farmer burning off bush on a field I am always looking for the extraordinary in the everyday and mundane.”

Euroman cover

Peter Humaidan, doctor and professor in fertility and reproduction, is one ninth of this month’s cover of Euroman where the magazine does an inventory of the Danish man anno 2021. 

It is an incredible mission in itself every time a sperm cell fertilizes an egg - there are so many ways it can go wrong, and it has only gotten harder. During the last four decades the quantity of sperm cells in the western world has dropped 50 percent and the danish man is right at the bottom of the European sperm barometer. But in the bleak light of these numbers Peter Humaidan is very optimistic. Instead of focusing on the quantity we should look at the quality of sperm and how our lifestyle affects it - a new way back into the battle against involuntary childlessness and the road to supersemen. 

In the case of infertility the blame is often cast on the woman and her eggs, but the semen might as well be the problem. And many men don’t even realize that. But in the later years it has become clear that lifestyle is a major factor in the quality of sperm, and that the man himself can take an active role in making sure that the sperm is of the finest quality.

Shot for Euroman

Words by Anders Ryehauge

Artdirection Twentyten

Visual Wanderings

Featured in Visual Wanderings by editor and founder of Objektiv Press Nina Strand, where artist from all over the world are invited to create art that responds to our new situation.

“The sun is slowly working its way over the apartment buildings across the street and marks its process by turning more and more rooms golden. I envy the people living there. And suddenly a small corner on my concrete balcony turns into an ethereal place. The hard light of the new year accentuates this shining emblem of hard work, and will ironically also fade it back to normal. Soon the heat from the sun will make the dew droplets evaporate and the spider can return to its daily business.”

Eylem Teke for Zetland

My poems are like my acne. They shall not disappear.

“Yahya Hassen has done something truly unique. He has paved a road that others can take. When we meet Eylem at her high school, hardly anyone knows that Eylem is taking that road now. Only a few know that she writes poetry, that she uses them to tear herself away from the parallel society she feels she has grown up in. Now even her parents know about her poetry. But they will very soon.” Until now it was only Eylem’s student counsellor and two of her teachers that knew about it. So it’s a huge honor to have a tiny-little photo-part in the introduction of Eylem Teke to the rest of Denmark. 

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Shot on assignment for  Zetland

Words by Nanna Schelde

Art direction Mikkel Bøgild Jacobsen

The army’s clenched fist for Weekendavisen

Can Denmark defend itself? NATO’s recent critique of the Danish army is the most serious in a very long time. We went to the military training grounds in Oksbøl to meet those it’s actually about: the army’s 1st brigade - or ‘the army’s clenched fist’ as the brigadier general has dubbed it. How do they view the critique and most importantly themselves?

“The general gets up and walks happily amongst his people with a straw in the corner of his mouth. Suddenly it rains from a blue sky. The heath lies long and flat with brown dunes and light green moss under the lyme grass. A rainbow appears behind enemy lines. The enemy are the targets that a soldier dressed in an orange vest moves up and down in the landscape with an iPad. Everything smells of gunpowder. Sand drifts when the 556 rifles are fired. Soldiers move forward on their bellies agile and focused. The shouting is precise: “Tank 12 o’clock!” “Lund! Left flank!” “Im down to seven mags, Theis!”It yanks in our spinal column, when the two infantry combat vehicles fires. A dusin armored infantryman runs from an elevated sandbowl towards a patch of forest.”

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Shot on assignment for Weekendavisen

Photo editor: Mie Brinkmann

Words: Magnus Boding Hansen

You, Me & the Moments by Pomegranate Press

Two photos featured in new group zine ‘You, Me & the Moments’ published by Pomegranate Press out of Richmond, VA.

39 photographers celebrating accessibility and community on 48 pages, sized 8.5×11 and saddle-stitched, first edition of 150 copies available here

Featured photographers: Ricardo Nagaoka, Lakshan Dharmapriya, Michael Tyrone DelaneyJulien Babigeon, Alexa Fahlman, Meghan MarinWade Schaul, Darío Toscano, Kent Andreasen, David Donigan, Erinn Springer, Michel Nguie,
Francesca Matta, Chris Behroozian, Marco Arguello, Tobias Nicolai, Ryan Frigillana, Madeline CassAlan NakkashMarissa Marino, Will CoxAlec Castillo, Carlos Morante, Grady Neilan, Bryanna Bennett, OK McCausland, Kate SweeneyEllis Scott, June Kim, Bea HelmanEmily George, Edwin Beauchamp, Clark HodginGuy Ferguson, Mia Song, Jason FalchookKyle Jeffers, Jakub JakobiszynMaryam Khastoo.

From fossil fuel to wind for Zetland

A coal grabber stands symbolically beneath a huge yellow coal crane that will retire as part of the green transition. Two gigantic, unemployed Mærsk oil rigs rest as monuments over bygone fossil success that was caught up by the present. Not far away wind turbine towers and generators stand as a testament to the new and booming industry in the harbourcity, that makes both carpenters and taxi drivers want to change careers. Frank Østergaard worked in coal, then twenty years on the oil fields of the northern sea and now he assembles offshore wind turbines. The green transition is very concrete at Esbjerg Harbour. Many oil and coal cities around the world fear economic decay, but Esbjerg has been able to follow the wind of change. Esbjergs secret is that the city has tried it before.

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Art Director: Mikkel Bøgild Jacobsen

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