Galleri Riis

Per Berntsen

Per Berntsen (b. 1953) lives and works in Tinn, Norway. He received his artistic education from Trent Polytechniec/Derby College of Art, United Kingdom. Berntsen is one of the veterans of photographic art in Norway and is an important advocate for the medium's rise and acceptance on the local art scene. He is recognized for his documentary-style approach to photographing landscapes, architecture, and industrial history. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.

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  1. 1975 - 1978Diploma in Creative Photography, Trent Polytechnic/Derby College of Art, UK


  1. 2017Metsä, Murmansk Art Museum, Murmansk, Russia
  2. 2013Down Under Up North, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø (with Bente Geving)
  3. 2013Metsä - New Landscapes, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
  4. 2008Generator, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  5. 2006Power Stations, Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin, Germany
  6. 2005Changes, Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, Rjukan, Norway
  7. 2002Industrial Landscape Grenland, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  8. 1995Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  9. 1991RAM Galleri, Oslo
  10. 1983Rjukan Library, Norway
  11. 1980Fotogalleriet, Oslo


  1. 2018Det Felles Eide (The Common Eye), Kunstnernes Hus in collaboration with Oslo Municipality
  2. 2014Crossroads, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Norway
  3. 2013Fotografica Bogotá, Colombia
  4. 2012Galleri Gann, Sandnes, Norway
  5. 2008The Mountains in Art, Henie-Onstad Art Center, Oslo
  6. 2007Norwegian Art Photography, Stensersen Museum, Oslo
  7. 1998Farms and Waterways, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  8. 199722 artists from Oslo, Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
  9. 1987Norwegian Landscape, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark


  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  • Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
  • Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
  • Henie-Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Norway
  • Bergen Art Museum, Norway
  • Norwegian Arts Council, Oslo, Norway