Anja Niemi


Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi always works alone; photographing, staging and acting out the characters in all of her images.

Niemi is exclusively represented by The Little Black Gallery who have worked with her since 2012, exhibiting and promoting her critically acclaimed series: Do Not Disturb (2012), Starlets (2013), Darlene & Me (2015), and Short Stories (2016). Darlene & Me was exhibited at Photo London (2015), whilst Short Stories premiered at Photo London (2016).  Highlights from Do Not Disturb, Starlets, and Darlene & Me were exhibited in New York in March 2016, and at Salon Zurcher Photo in September 2016.

Her new series The Woman Who Never Existed premiered at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco (27-29 January 2017), followed by exhibitions with Shoot Gallery in Oslo, Galerie Photo 12 in Paris, and The Little Black Gallery in London.

Niemi is currently completing her next series She Could Have Been A Cowboy which will be launch in March 2018 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, followed by Photo London (May 2018), and The Ravestijn Gallery in Amsterdam in September.

Her work is highly collectible – with acquisitions by the Nion McEvoy Collection, the Hudson Bay Company Global Art Collection, Oslo City Council, and the Susanne von Meiss Collection (exhibited at C/O Berlin in 2016 with the accompanying book published by Kehrer).

Her auction record was achieved in January 2017 when Room 81 (bed), from her Do Not Disturb series, sold for a record $7,000 (almost triple the then retail price) by auction house Paddle8, whilst her UK auction record was reached at Christie’s Photographs sale in London May 2017 when The Backyard, from her Darlene & Me series, sold for $6,794.

She has published three books: Photographing In Costume (The Little Black Gallery, 2015), Short Stories (Jane & Jeremy, 2016), and The Woman Who Never Existed (Jane & Jeremy, 2017). Whilst her work has been published in Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames & Hudson, 2017), and her image The Garden Hose was selected for 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die (Cassell, 2017).

Niemi (b 1976) studied at the London College of Printing and Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York.

Anja Niemi is exclusively represented & managed worldwide by The Little Black Gallery. Please contact the gallery for all editorial, press, or print sales.

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