Maria Fynsk Norup (b. 1975) is a fine art photographer, living and working on the tiny island of Ærø in the southernmost part of Denmark.

Maria primarily uses self-portraits as the medium for storytelling in her work, creating imagery that currently revolves around exploring the melancholy of being, the right to a place in the world, and the raw poetry of nature. Her inspiration is often drawn directly from dreams, feelings and past experiences, and her work can therefore vibrate with a dark undertone. Maria was originally trained in classical botany, and the inspiration from the plant world often appears in the visual storytelling in her works. In the last couple of years Marias work has received several international awards, and in 2021 her images has been shown at several exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, latest in Milan 24-30th September.


1996-1997: History of Arts studies, University of Aarhus, DK
2004: M.Sc. Botany, University of Aarhus (DK) and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK)
2005-2009: PhD-studies at Copenhagen Botanical Gardens (DK)

2021: ImageNation,  Luciana Fondazione Matalon, Milan, IT – group exhibition: September
2021: Økant Performancefestival, Marstal, DK – solo exhibition: July
2021: Galleri Øckenlund, Copenhagen, DK – group exhibition/duo show: January
2020: KunstNow – online solo exhibition on their social platforms: March, June.
2020: Contemporary Art Collectors – online exhibition on their social platforms: March
2018-2020: Galleri Vråvejen, Ærøskøbing, DK – solo exhibition.
2018: Galleri Højkant, Århus, DK – solo exhibition.
2017: Ærø Museum – curated group exhibition at Søbygaard Castle, Ærø, DK.
2016: Tiny Atlas Quarterly – Solas juryed group exhibition, San Fransisco, US.
2016: #DetSerDuIkkeIByen – Juryed group exhibition by RealDania, DR Kunstklub and Copenhagen Photo Festival at Rundetårn, Copenhagen, DK. Among the best 12 chosen for large format print.
2015: Tiny Atlas Quarterly – Montauk juryed group exhibition, New York, US

2021: Honorable mention: 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Category: Self-portrait
2021: Finalist, Fine Art Category: FotoNostrum Magazine x Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Lockdown Competition
2020: Honorable mention: International Photography Awards: Category: People / Selfportrait
2020: Honorable mention: 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (part of The Worldwide Photographers Gala Awards): Category: Fine Art
2020: Honorable mention: 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (part of The Worldwide Photographers Gala Awards): Category: Self Portrait.
2016: 1st price winner – Click Foto x Spejlløse Fotografer. Subject: Close up in nature

July: Feature Interview, FotoNostrum Magazine, Issue 17
Feb: Winner feature, FotoNostrum Magazine, Issue 12
Feb: Feature interview in the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten.
Oct: Book feature/Interview, “Heimat” by Simone Hawlisch, published by Knesebeck verlag
Oct: Photographer for the book “Falmet Skønhed” by Dorthe Kvist, published by Forlaget Koustrup & co.
Jul: Magazine interview, BoBedre
Mar: Interview, MyNewsDesk/VisitÆrø
Nov: Interview, Supervisuals
Nov: Magazine interview, Living by Cahetu
Sept: Review,
Sept: Review,
Mar: Interview, (Danske Bank)
2016: Interview, Fyens Amts Avis

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