Michael Søndergaard


The Little Black Gallery is delighted to exclusively represent and manage Danish photo-artist and film maker Michael Søndergaard (b 1988).

Søndergaard’s work is concerned with ideas of expressing and defining masculinity and identity. He produces ominously dark and eloquently beautiful portraits of fragile yet powerful subjects.

His work is informed by a personal and academic interest in religious studies, after studying religious science (University of Copenhagen), which is the basis for his debut series RITE (2018).

In RITE he explores the fragility of masculinity through portraits where every model is put into a ritualised and sacred context to make them sincere. Every one of the photographs communicates a sense of melancholy connected to his own personal search for identity. The title ‘Rite’ refers to the concept of a rite of passage, which is a ceremonial event that marks an individual’s transition from one stage to another.

His RITE series was exhibited at The Little Black Gallery Pop Up at Sir Ian McKellen‘s house in London (2019). Works from the series have also been exhibited at The Hospital Club London – as part of the group show Boys! Boys! Boys! with The Little Black Gallery and Paddle8 (2018); at NW Gallery Copenhagen – as part of the group show GRIEF (2018); at Haute Photographie, Rotterdam  (2019); at The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam – as part of Boys! Boys! Boys! (2019),  and at Galerie Biesenbach Cologne as part of Boys! Boys! Boys! Pride (2019).

His work will be shown as part of the Nordic Light Festival of Photography in Norway from 21-25 October.

His debut book RITE is out now – with an introduction by Sir Ian McKellen – order here.


60cm x 40cm archival pigment print
Edition of 10
£700 (+ frame + tax)

30cm x 20cm
Edition of 5
£470 (+ frame + tax)

Watch the full film here

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