Lise Johansson 

Visual artist and photographer based in Copenhagen.

The starting point for Johansson’s artistic practice is to create a sense of a distorted reality, where the inspiration for this comes from the borderland that exists between the conscious and the unconscious. ‘The unseen’ takes place in the familiar, and locates itself in the field that blurs the line between reality and fantasy.

There is a strong personal character to her works: a sense of abandonment and the curiosity towards the unknown. In her work themes of identity and belonging always come up. The images often take departure from physical miniatures of landscapes and architectural spaces, combined with textures and objects photographed to use as building blocks in the editing process. The final images retain an uncanny balance between the natural and the constructed, playing with scale and perspective to make the viewer question what they see: to which extent are these images real and what reality do they represent?

Johansson studied photography from 2012-2016 at Media College Viborg and attended Vera – School of Art and Design, Copenhagen.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide in i.a. London, Paris, Copenhagen and New York and many more. In 2017 she received two awards at the acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards and most recently she won the title ‘Photographer of the Year 2020’ in the International Color Awards and 1st Place in Int’l Photography Awards 2021 in the category Fine Art / Other.



December 9 2021 January 8 2022
6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography FotoNostrum, Barcelona

November 4 2021 – January 7 2022
‘Winter Light’, In The Gallery, Dronningens Tværgade 19, Copenhagen

December 2021
DER GREIF / Guest-room curated by Anika Meier (online exhibition)


2021 Summer Light – In The Gallery, Copenhagen
2021 ImageNation, Luciana Fondazione Matalon, Milan
2021 Art on Paper – In The Gallery, Copenhagen
2019 Image Nation – Paris Photo Off, Paris
2019 Self-Staged / Selv-Iscenesat, Copenhagen
2019 Home/Away, Gallery Anders Breiner, Copenhagen
2018 ‘Winter Light’, In The Gallery
2018 ‘Award Winners’, In The Gallery, Copenhagen
2018 ‘Composite Structures’, In The Gallery, Copenhagen
2017-2018 Sony World Photography Awards, traveling exhibition:
2017 Salon de la Photo, Paris, France
2017 Reggia di Monza, Milan, Italy
2017 Sony Imaging Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Ginza Milan, Italy.
2017 Bucharest Photo Fest, Romania.
2017 Galerie GADCOLLECTION, Paris, France
2017 Brussels Expo, Palais 4, Brussels, Belgium
2017 Palazzo Trigon, Enna, Italy,
2017 Sony Square NYC, New York, USA
2017 Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr, Sumerset House, London
2016 SVEND, UngK, Aarhus, Denmark
2015 Mørke Dage, Lindholm Brygge 9, Aalborg, Denmark
2015 Tomrummet, Aalborg, Denmark
2015 Surreal Art, Byens Rum, Aalborg, Denmark
2015 Mørke Dage Pre-event, Byens Rum, Aalborg, Denmark
2012 Det Personlige Fotografi, Central Station, Aarhus, Denmark
2010 Minimalismo, Centro Fotográfico, Oaxaca, Mexico
2010 Vera, Copenhagen, Denmark


2021 IPA – Int’l Photography Awards – 1st Place, Fine Art / Other
2020 IPA – Int’l Photography Awards – Honorable Mention, Fine Art, Other, Absence
2020 International Color Awards, Photographer of the Year – Outstanding Achievement, Absence
2020 International Color Awards, 1st Place – Outstanding Achievement Fine Art, Absence
2020 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Nominee Fine Art Category, Absence
2019 International Color Awards, Nominee Fine Art Category, Lighthouse
2018 FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, Nominee conceptual category
2018 International Color Awards, Nominee Fine Art ‘wipe – out’
2017 Felix Schoeller Photo Award, shortlist, category Free Choice/Conceptual, ‘Hearth’
2017 Sony World Photography Awards, 1st place winner of the National Award Denmark , ‘Hearth’
2017 Sony World Photography Awards, 1st place winner of Enhanced category, Open ‘Hearth’
2017 Monochrome Awards, Honorable Mention in conceptual category ‘Sehnsucht’
2016 Winner of the Hasselblad Student Award, exhibition SVEND
2016 FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, 2nd place winner in conceptual category ‘Sehnsucht’

Selected Features & Publications

2021 Identity, Place & Belonging, Foto Nostrum Magazine, Issue no. 18, August 5th 2021
2021 Self-portraits; I’m not here by Lise Johansson, Dodho Magazine
2020 13th Winners Book, Absence, International Color Awards
2020 Grafik & Foto Årbog 2018/19, published January 2020 by Grafik & Foto
2019 Selv-Iscenesat, exhibition catalogue, Teatermuseet, Forlaget Franka, 2019
2018 In Vacuo by Lise Johansson, Dodho Magazine
2017 Annual Book Monochrome Awards
2017 Feature for International Women’s Day, World Photography Organisation
2016 Hearth, Art People Gallery
2016 Hearth, Dodho Magazine
2016 Nye talenter, Dansk Foto Kunst
2016 Sehnsucht, The Creators Project, Vice
2016 Sehnsucht/Fractures, Art People Gallery
2015 Lise Johansson Photography, Dodho Magazine


2019-2022 BA Copenhagen University, Art History
2012-2016 Medieskolerne Viborg, Photography
2012-2016 The National Museum of Copenhagen Apprenticeship with Roberto Fortuna
2010 Vera – School of Art and Design, Fine Art Photography
2006 Grundtvig Højskole