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.


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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