Biography / Cv

Lise Johansson (b.1985) is a visual artist and photographer based in Copenhagen.

Johansson studied portrait- and commercial photography from 2012-2016 at Media College Viborg and analogue and fine art photography in 2010 at Vera, School of Art and Design, Copenhagen. As a part of her education she did a four years apprenticeship at the National Museum of Denmark in the Department of Conservation and Restoration. Alongside her artistic practice she is currently studying Art History at Copenhagen University. 

Between college and photography school Johansson lived in Paris for several years. She also traveled the world extensively as part of her photographic journey. During her travels she spent time in Russia, Japan, Mongolia and China. Her time abroad has influenced her work in many aspects. The events that happened during this period in her life have not only shaped her as a person but bring out the personal character in her images.

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.

Johansson works around the themes of identity and belonging. 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 post processing. 

Johansson is interested in people’s shared or individual feelings for the spaces or places they inhabit. Why do we feel that we belong in some places and not in others? Place and identity are closely bound together and people often strongly identify with the places they live in. Their environments shape who they are, and the bonds between person and place can influence culture, politics and social life. 

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.



2023 I September 21, ‘Through Her Lens’, In The Gallery, Dronningens Tværgade 19, Copenhagen


2023 I Image Nation, SOHO Photo Gallery, 15 White Street,  New York

2023 I In the Gallery, group exhibition

2022 I ‘Counterparts’ – PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Awards. Den Technischen Sammlungen, Dresden

2022 I Artsy ‘Lise Johansson – I’m not here’ (online exhibition)

2022 I ‘Winter Light’, In The Gallery, Dronningens Tværgade 19, Copenhagen

2022 I 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography FotoNostrum, Barcelona

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

2021 I Summer Light – In The Gallery, Copenhagen

2021 I ImageNation, Luciana Fondazione Matalon, Milan

2021 I Art on Paper – In The Gallery, Copenhagen

2019 I Image Nation – Paris Photo Off, Paris

2019 I Self-Staged / Selv-Iscenesat, Copenhagen

2019 I Home/Away, Gallery Anders Breiner, Copenhagen

2018 I ‘Winter Light’, In The Gallery

2018 I ‘Image Nation’, Galerie Joseph Turenne, Paris

2018 I ‘Award Winners’, In The Gallery, Copenhagen

2018 I ‘Composite Structures’, In The Gallery, Copenhagen

2017 I Salon de la Photo, Paris, France

2017 I Reggia di Monza, Milan, Italy

2017 I Sony Imaging Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2017 I Ginza Milan, Italy.

2017 I Bucharest Photo Fest, Romania.

2017 I Galerie GADCOLLECTION, Paris, France

2017 I Brussels Expo, Palais 4, Brussels, Belgium

2017 I Palazzo Trigon, Enna, Italy,

2017 I Sony Square NYC, New York, USA

2017 I Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr, Sumerset House, London

2016 I SVEND, UngK, Aarhus, Denmark

2015 I Mørke Dage, Lindholm Brygge 9, Aalborg, Denmark

2015 I Tomrummet, Aalborg, Denmark

2015 I Surreal Art, Byens Rum, Aalborg, Denmark

2015 I Mørke Dage Pre-event, Byens Rum, Aalborg, Denmark

2012 I Det Personlige Fotografi, Central Station, Aarhus, Denmark

2010 I Minimalismo, Centro Fotográfico, Oaxaca, Mexico

2010 I Vera, Copenhagen, Denmark

Art Fairs

2023 I ZONAMACO México – Arte Contemporáneo

2022 I ART MIAMI Art Fair

2022 I Enter Art Fair. In The Gallery
Tunnelfabrikken, Oceanvej 1, 2150 Nordhavn, Copenhagen

Awards & Honors

2022 I ‘Counterparts’ – PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Awards – Finalist

2021 I IPA – Int’l Photography Awards – 1st Place, Fine Art / Other

2020 I IPA – Int’l Photography Awards – Honorable Mention, Fine Art, Other, Absence

2020 I International Color Awards, Photographer of the Year – Outstanding Achievement, Absence

2020 I International Color Awards, 1st Place – Outstanding Achievement Fine Art, Absence

2020 I Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Nominee Fine Art Category, Absence

2019 I International Color Awards, Nominee Fine Art Category, Lighthouse

2018 I FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, Nominee conceptual category

2018 I International Color Awards, Nominee Fine Art ‘wipe – out’

2017 I Felix Schoeller Photo Award, shortlist, category Free Choice/Conceptual, ‘Hearth’

2017 I Sony World Photography Awards, 1st place winner of the National Award Denmark , ‘Hearth’

2017 I Sony World Photography Awards, 1st place winner of Enhanced category, Open ‘Hearth’

2017 I Monochrome Awards, Honorable Mention in conceptual category ‘Sehnsucht’

2016 I Winner of the Hasselblad Student Award, exhibition SVEND

2016 I FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, 2nd place winner in conceptual category ‘Sehnsucht’

Selected Features & Publications

2022 I Aesthetica Magazine, Distorted Reality by Eleanor Sutherland. New Artists, May 2022

2022 I ‘Counterparts’ – PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Awards. Exhibition Catalog, Den Technischen Sammlungen, Dresden

2022 I Barcelona Foto Biennale, FotoNostrum, The Meditteanean House of Photography 2022

2022 I Aesthetica Magazine Artist Directory, Issue 105, February/March Issue 2022

2021 I Identity, Place & Belonging, Foto Nostrum Magazine, Issue no. 18, August 5th 2021

2021 I Self-portraits; I’m not here by Lise Johansson, Dodho Magazine

2020 I 13th Winners Book, Absence, International Color Awards

2020 I Grafik & Foto Årbog 2018/19, published January 2020 by Grafik & Foto

2019 I Selv-Iscenesat, exhibition catalogue, Teatermuseet, Forlaget Franka, 2019

2018 I In Vacuo by Lise Johansson, Dodho Magazine

2017 I Annual Book Monochrome Awards

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

2016 I Hearth, Art People Gallery

2016 I Hearth, Dodho Magazine

2016 I Sehnsucht, The Creators Project, Vice

2016 I Sehnsucht/Fractures, Art People Gallery

2015 I Lise Johansson Photography, Dodho Magazine


2019-2022 I University of Copenhagen. Bachelor in Art History

2012-2016 I Medieskolerne Viborg, Photography

2012-2016 I The National Museum of Copenhagen Apprenticeship with Roberto Fortuna

2010 I Vera – School of Art and Design, Fine Art Photography

2006 I Grundtvig Højskole