This is the place for Danish photographer Viggo Rivad’s works since the early 1950s. The photos were selected by Rivad himself for this website and he has endorsed its content and appearance.
It was created in early 2013 – in Rivad’s 90th year – by Jan Oberg. Since Rivad took his first photos in 1943, it marks his 70th year in photography. Rivad and Oberg met in 1983 as members of a Danish delegation to China so the website also marks 30 years of friendship.
This tribute homepage also contains photos of Rivad by Jan Oberg and glimpses from his 2009 exhibition at Oberg’s photo gallery in Lund, Sweden, and his huge 2012 retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Photo Art in Odense and at the Nivågaard Collection, both in Denmark.
– “I’ve been passionate about creating this virtual museum so people all around the world may get an opportunity to experience and enjoy Viggo’s works. Viggo is a modest personality uninterested in public relation; he has always held other jobs to avoid having to make a living from his art. He has shot almost all his photos with analog cameras, always seeking the human, the genuine, never calculating what would sell on the market that has come to dominate so much – and quite destructively – today.
– I am convinced he deserves to be recognized and admired by an international audience, experts as well as laymen. His photographic art speaks to the thoroughly human, whether suffering, joy, love, or labour; he has traveled globally to prove that we are – must be – living in unity through diversity. In that sense, Viggo’s art is not only humanist photography, it is also peace photography.
– Contrary to what you might think, there is no other website devoted to Rivad’s world class photography. I’ve created this out of my boundless gratitude for his work and friendship over so many years ” – says Jan Oberg who is a peace studies professor and art photographer seeing Rivad as his mentor.