/by Nanna Klith

Lise Johansson (1985) is a Danish Fine Art Photographer currently based in Copenhagen. She was born and raised in Sæby (Denmark), then for years dedicated her life to traveling.

There is a strong personal character to her works: a sense of abandonment  and the curiosity towards the unknown.The main focus of Johansson´s work is perception, identity and belonging. Johansson leaves the spectator in the space between familiarity and strangeness and questions the relationship between the human being and the world we perceive as real.

Johansson is educated as a professional photographer (Media College Denmark, 2016), and she is using her technical perfection as a painter uses her brush. Objects are being photographed in the studio which then become building blocks for digital collages bound together through her masterful use of light.

Her technique gives her creative freedom to construct the images. By mixing everyday objects and images of people with digital editing, Johansson creates realistic imaginary situations. 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?

Lise Johansson is a promising artist. For the last two years, she was awarded several prices. She is the 1st place winner in the Sony World Photography Awards in the National and the Enhanced Category, Open.


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


2017 Felix Schoeller Photo Award, shortlist, category Free Choice/Conceptual

2017 Sony World Photography Awards, 1st place winner of the National Award Denmark

2017 Sony World Photography Awards, 1st place winner of Enhanced category, Open

2017 Monochrome Awards, Honorable Mention in conceptual category

2016 Winner of the Hasselblad Student Award, exhibition SVEND

2016 FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, 2nd place winner in conceptual category

Selected Features

2017 Monochrome Awards Annual Book

2017 World Photography Organisation, Feature for International Women’s Day

2016 Hearth, Art People Gallery

2016 Hearth, Dodho Magazine

2016 Nye talenter, Dansk Foto Kunst

2016 Sehnsucht, The Creators Project

2016 Sehnsucht/Fractures, Art People Gallery

2015 Lise Johansson Photography, Dodho Magazine

2013 Kunstnertapeter, Elle Magazine



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 Photography, Art, Photoshop etc.