"My photography, a little bit like the wind, depends on which direction it’s blowing. Best of all, I like challenges, even small ones."
Based in Reykjavik, Iceland, Páll Stefánsson has been practicing photography for more than 35 years. His work appeared in many international publications, including Time, National Geographic, Newsweek, Geo, W, Sunday Times Magazine. Leica Photography, and Observer Magazine, to name a few.
Páll was awarded Photographer of the Year in Iceland, in February 2014, among numerous international and domestic photography awards. He joins Sony Global Imaging Ambassador as an Ambassador for Iceland.
About / Biography
Photographer Páll Stefánsson was born in North Iceland, on June 7, 1958. He studied photography in Sweden from 1979 to 1982.
In 1982, he was hired as photographer for the magazine Iceland Review in Reykjavík, Iceland, and later moved on to also becoming picture editor and since 2009, cheif editor of the magazine Iceland Review/Atlantica, the largest magazine in English in Iceland.
Páll Stefánsson has published more than 35 books - the latest being Africa the Future of Football, with forwards by Didier Drogba. In 2013, he also published photo books about Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway for the National Geography books in Germany. He is currently working on a book about the Icelandic landscape.
Páll Stefánsson has made commercials and worked for companies and organizations such as Leica, Nordic Counsel, UN, the Red Cross and UNESCO documenting World Heritage Sites. That project brought him to Timbuktu, Kyoto, Kiev, Lima in Peru, and Gao in Mali, to name just a few destinations.
Páll Stefánsson has held solo exhibitions on all continents except Antarctica. In New York City, his show in the Natural History Museum in Manhattan attracted more than half a million people, who came to view his gigantic panorama images of Icelandic nature.
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life.
There is no one moment; but through photography, I have a reason to go places, see a mountain, the sea, and the old market in Damascus. See the sun come up behind mt. Fuji, and never come up, up North in Iceland in December.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
Within the frame.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
On top of Eyjafjallajökull, glacier volcano, only meters from the erupting crater in April 2010.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
The strange animal, homo sapiens.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
Writer, or maybe graphic designer, but honestly I think I could not do anything else than take some pictures.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors program?
I am looking forward to contributing, and inspiring someone to take the next step up in photography.
What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment?
The Sony RX1R, the perfect tool. Great 35 mm lens and FF sensor, in a very small package.
What is your next big project?
I doing a big book about Iceland, my first book on Icelandic landscape in seven years. The Sony α7R, with Zeiss/Sony 24mm, 35mm, 55mm, 85mm and 135mm, is the perfect companion to carry around in the open Icelandic landscape. The Iceland book is almost finished, and in the meantime I am also working on three other books, including one on Portugal.
Sony RX1R II
Sony α7R II
Sony battery grip (VGC2EM)
Sony Zeiss 24mm 2.0
Sony 28mm 2.0
Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4
Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8
Sony 85mm 1.4
Sony 90mm 2.8 macro
Sony Zeiss 135mm 1.8