Tobias Nicolai

On assignment for Information

Not a place for a human to exist

“This is the story about a community of young people where everything went wrong and the sense of right and wrong slowly was replaced by indifference and misunderstood self-policing”

The horrible story about a young girl who was held captive, abused and raped for one and a half years evoke parallels to Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’. But here the story takes place in single-family-houses in sleepy rural towns and illustrates what can happen when the surroundings does not see what happens right in front of them.

Cover story spanning six pages with words by Sally Frydenlund in Informations weekend supplement Moderne Tider.

Also published online

Interview in Danish trade magazine Journalisten

“Ive been running around in cinnamon dust clouds wearing white coveralls looking like a crime scene technician ”

The Ritual is featured in Danish trade magazine Journalisten. The interview done by Kerstin Bruun-Hansen focuses on process and working with the subject. ‘The Ritual’ is a documentary project about the peculiar Danish tradition of pouring cinnamon on unmarried young people turning 25.

The Ritual published in Information

First chapter of the book project ‘The Ritual’ Published over six pages and cover in Informations weekend supplement Moderne Tider.

‘The Ritual’ is a documentary project about the peculiar Danish tradition of pouring cinnamon on unmarried young people turning 25. Little is known about this unique and local cultural tradition of ‘kidnapping’ friends and pouring various amounts of cinnamon over them but it is a tradition that is upheld everyday in most of Jutland.

Also published online here

Nominated in Danish PoY 2019

The nominated photographers for Danish Picture of The Year has been announced

List of all nominees can be seen here.

Winners and honorable mentions will be revealed at the award show on the 6th of March 2020 in the Black Diamond at the Royal Library. 

‘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.

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