Tobias Nicolai

‘Next To You’ workshop projects published

The result of the photographic masterclass ‘Next to you’, that took place in both Russia and Iceland in the spring of 2019, has been published in newspaper format. Seven stories from Russia and seven stories from Iceland, covering a broad spectrum of themes in very different genres.

‘Massovka’ is a story about the Russian film and tv industry turned upside down. Here the focus is on the mass of extras and small role actors that plays a critical role in filmmaking. The portrait series was inspired by a local taxi driver that was scouted by a local caster, and now has minor roles in locally filmed film and tv shows. The story was also a way of connecting with the normal russian citizen, and thus look more closely at our Russian neighbours.

The masterclass was arranged by Nordic Journalist Centre and was mentored by award winning photographers Jana Romanova and Mads Greve

Layout and design by Spine Studio

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On assignment for DIE ZEIT

Commissioned to illustrate the big piece in DIE ZEIT Dossier called ‘How a police officer overcame an islamist with a cup of coffee’ by journalist and author Bastian Berbner. In Aarhus, Denmark they have a succesfull anti-radicalization programme and the story follows Jamal a young, angry and troubled young guy heading the wrong direction, his mentor and the police officer behind the programmme. Available in print in DIE ZEIT Nr. 34/2019 from the 15th of August 2019 and online behind paywall here.

Wolf Land awarded first prize at Kravling Award 2019

Saturday the 11th of may ‘Wolf Land’ was awarded the first prize in the tv- and photo category at this years Kravling Awards. It was an unanimous decision from the jury consisting of Thomas Borberg, Jonas Fogh, Angelina Owino, Sisse Strøyer and Harley Hersom.

The speech given by Sisse Strøyer on stage: 

“This story is like a mood board for a dramatic feature film. A kind of thriller far away from safety and reality. Slowly but steadily we are lead into unknown territory and things start to happen, the drama unfolds and leaves the viewer almost breathless. Hard facts melts into a cinematic world, that is undoubtedly about life and death.The winner is capable of storytelling in both text and images. We are fascinated by the many facets and human fates. We understand no matter where we are placed in the story. We see a new side of daily life in Denmark which makes us want to be there ourselves. To experience the place. The photographer enlightens without taking sides, and is able to give a news story a very long life which is unique. It is a unanimous jury that can reveal, that the winner is ‘Wolf Land’ by Tobias Nicolai.”

‘Wolf Land’ was chosen amongst some beautiful and strong projects. 

Wolf Land represented in STATUS:19

The skeleton of the first wild wolf in Denmark for 200 years is represented in STATUS:19. 

STATUS:19 is a curated inventory of the best Danish professional photography anno 2019. 100 photos has been chosen from 2354 submitted pictures to cover five photographic categories - commercial, communication, fine art, portrait and journalistic. The wolf is located in the journalism category together with other good photojournalism colleagues. 

The selected photographs of STATUS:19 will be exhibited at Fotodage Viborg and after that travel the country, and hit both Copenhagen Photo Festival and PixlArt.

STATUS:19 is a project under DJ:Fotograferne a union group in Dansk Journalistforbund.

Photographic Master Class in Kaliningrad

Selected to participate in Next to you - essays on nordic-russian realities 2019. The photographic master class is arranged by Nordic Journalist Centre for seven nordic and seven russian photographers and takes places in April in Kaliningrad, Russia and in may in Reykjavik, Iceland. The master class aims to look more closely at the relationship between the nordic countries and Russia - we are neighbors, but how well do we know each other.

The workshop is mentored by award winning photographers Jana Romanova and Mads Greve and will end up in a joint photobook with 14 photo essays. Amongst the participants are also danish photographer Kasper Palsnov and Finnish photographer Emilia Kangasluoma.

On assignment for Information

With the name SoupSteak&ICE the band is the personification of a musical genre that is often looked down upon. But theres no need for that here - even though they came one year early for a job at a local village hall. 

The four members navigated within their enormous repertoire of popular music with military precision to affect both the guests feet and vocal cords.

These kinds of bands are the architects behind a succesfull christmas party and a special breed of musicians that can push their ego aside.

Read in the newspaper from the 30th of november or online here (behind paywall)

‘Wolf Land’ published in Politiken

The large photographic story about the clash between humans and wolves in Denmark has been published in Politikens weekend section PS.

It spans ten pages and the front page of both PS and the main paper sunday the 8th of July.

The project was made in the spring of 2018 as the bachelor project on the four-year photojournalism education at The Danish School of Media and Journalism.

The project is also behind the paywall on this link:»De-snakker-om-at-der-skal-være-100-ulve-i-Danmark-og-så-er-det-kun-et-spørgsmål-om-tid-før-vi-ser-angreb.-Er-det-sådan-Danmark-skal-være«

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