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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Geir Jordahl

Born: Geir Arild Jordahl 
Dates:  1957, 28 January -
Born:  Norway, Kristiansund
Active:  Global
Norwegian-born photographer resident in the USA. 
Artist statement: 
Searching for True North is about visual exploration. It is a celebration of the Earth and its interaction with human-made elements. It is also my attempt to discover the universal landscape: those places that, while separated by cultural or political borders, are united in their importance to all people. This universal landscape serves as a common language that reveres all things.
Searching for True North also represents a spiritual quest for direction and meaning. I use my internal compass as a guide to understanding and a marker on the path that leads to inspiration. My personal search for meaning culminates in the creation of images—the ones in this book, and thousands of others created over more than 30 years.
I am influenced by Taoist principles of landscape painting, seeking images that transcend place and time. Through the alchemy of photography, I interpret places and experiences independent of representation: A kangaroo is not a kangaroo, but a dreamtime. The vapor trail of a jet becomes a shooting star over an undiscovered terrestrial plain. A weathered sandstone arch becomes the leg of a prehistoric insect.
We are all seekers by nature. My work is, in essence, my own quest for self-realization and world understanding. There is no universal path, yet, just as others have paved the way before us, we must pave the way for those to come. It is my hope that the images in this book help viewers in their personal search for true north. (February 2008)

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Geir Jordahl work features magical panoramic photographs from throughout the world. His books include San Joaquin: River of Spirit (Ansel Adams Gallery/San Joaquin River Parkway Trust, 1997) and Traveler (Dreaming Mind, 2004.) His latest book, Searching for True North, was published by MB edition in January 2008.
He is director of PhotoCentral, a non-profit photographic educational facility in Hayward, Calfornia.
Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Kodak Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite, CA
Museum of Modern Art, Tampere, Finland
Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Germany
Susan Spiritus Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV
Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA
Golden State Museum, Sacramento, CA
Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno, CA
Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
Trenton Museum of Art, NJ
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
University of Texas, Dallas
Yosemite Museum, Yosemite, California  

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