I was recently in Denmark as a keynote speaker at the Union of Danish Photojournalist Conference. If you don’t know anything about Danish photography, for a country slightly less than twice the size of the state of Massachusetts, it produces more great photojournalists than any other comparable country I know of. And they know how to have a good time. That’s why over the years the conference has had some of the finest people from the world of photojournalism speak there including Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey, David Turnley, Kenny Irby, Brian Storm, Sally Mann, John Moore, Tim Hetherington and many others.
I spoke after Pulitzer and Emmy Award Winning Photographer Barbara Davidson and before Magnum photographer Antoine D’agata, which was a good contrast of styles as I crammed about 16 years of sports photography into about an hour and a half that was well received by the Danes. All in all, I was in Copenhagen for a little over 48 hours, and enjoyed every minute of it even though next time I will have to see some sights and take in some culture. The Union of Danish photojournalists has a web-site www.pressefotografforbundet.dk and the conference has a sub-site http://www.pressefotografforbundet.dk/tema.php?tag=pf-konferencen_2011.