For the past six months our friend and photographer Henrik Haven has been very busy working on his new website.
It’s finally ready to show to the world! Copenhagen-based photographer, public relations consultant and curator, Henrik has been documenting the scene for years and the new platform presents a comprehensive content of his portfolio.
Documentation includes work-in-progress photos, completed artworks and installation shots. Working freelance for organizations, galleries, museums, artists and publications Henrik promotes a wide selection of public art events, exhibitions, studio work and selected artists for press, publicity, publications and archives – and taking pictures for some of the leading international magazines, blogs and social medias within contemporary art, street and public art.
This week Henrik is back on the road to travel to Ostend, Belgium to document The Crystal Ship festival featuring 25 international artists – ROA, Cyrcle, Faith47, Fintan Magee, Guido van Helden, Franco Fasoli aka Jaz and Pixelpancho amongst others. Stay tuned…
Whether it be climb, crawl, scrape, break the door down, or ask politely, Henrik does whatever it takes to get the best shots possible of his subjects. His determination is only equalled by his friendliness.
– Shepard Fairey, 2015
Henrik is a self-taught art photographer, but started out in the music industry – working with public relations and living a completely different life. After 15 years – and a never ending list of release parties and concerts – he was stressed out and found that he lost himself along the way!
Contemporary art and public art was already an ultimate passion for him. He spent most of his savings on collecting art and seeking new art to photograph, around the world. Henrik comments: ‘The real kick-off was during the summer of 2011 when Shepard Fairey and ROA came to Copenhagen. ROA painted two sides of a tower and Shepard Fairey produced seven murals around the city. I was allowed to ‘shadow’ them throughout their entire stay and soon I played an active part of a very motivating process, as a documentarist. This was an eye-opener! It completely changed my mindset and photography changed from being “just” a personal passion, to a way of life.
Two years later I found the courage to stand on my own two feet, leave the music business behind and work freelance as a photographer. Since then my work has taken me around the world – documenting and promoting a wide selection of public art events, exhibitions, studio work and selected artists for press, publications and archives’.
At the beginning he didn’t have a network, Henrik comments, but in 2010 he contacted Arrested Motion and sent them photos from a group exhibition in Copenhagen. Luckily, they liked the shots, and they asked him to be a regular contributor. That opened a lot of doors and his work found a platform. ‘Over the past few years more medias have been added (including Instagrafite) and today I’m honoured to shoot for some of the leading publications, blogs and social medias within the contemporary urban art scene.’ Henrik says.
When we asked Henrik what he liked the most about it, his answer was ‘EVERYTHING!! I’m truly grateful that my passion is how I make a living.
As already mentioned my work brings me around the world – from festivals like No Limit Boras in Sweden and Nuart in Norway to exhibitions in London and Madrid, studio visits in Barcelona and Lisbon and events in Penang, Malaysia. And I have new, exciting projects ahead in Belgium, Denver, Sao Paolo, Bali and Sumatra amongst others. It offers great diversity and I always focus on expanding my horizon through constant curiosity and careful networking’
‘Work in progress is really what draws me; following the artist slowly bring the different layers of the piece to life, like storytelling – whether it be a studio work or a large scale mural. I try to capture that specific angle, moment and detail that creates the perfect symbiosis between
the artist and the art piece. And hope my new website is a testament of this!
I’ve spent almost six months more or less ‘off the grid’ and I’m proud to finally show the world an extensive presentation of my work’.
Henrik has developed strong connections throughout the years with artists. ‘First and foremost, I always respect their point of view. Some artists are elusive and do not appreciate seeing their face in medias, he says. Our relationship is based on collaboration and I always speak to the artists before a session, to get a clear picture of what works for them.
Going through my portfolio it struck me how lucky I am to work with such a long list of inspiring artists. I have met so many incredible people through my work, people I only dreamed of meeting before photography became a lifestyle…’