by / Thursday, 12 March 2015 / Published in Art Books, Front Page, Installations, International Art, Photography, Street Art

The Danish photographer, Søren Solkær is best known for his distinctive portraits of some of the world’s most famous musicians. He is most recognised as the man responsible for various iconic images of U2, REM, Björk, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, David Lynch and The Arctic Monkeys.

Soren has just launched a series of international exhibitions and an accompanying large format book of portraits of street artists from 13 countries across the globe over a three year period.

Soren Solkaer


Soren Solkaer photographed by Michel Lawrence.

Aptly titled SURFACE, the project has consumed a large part of his recent working life. It all began in Melbourne after a chance meeting at the Melbourne Art Fair: “I felt that this was the perfect time to portray the people behind one of the most powerful and prevalent art movements of our time.” Says Soren.

“This took me on an incredible journey to roof tops, back alleys, train stations, studios and walls across the world.”

“The last few months I’ve hit the streets, subways and back alleys of Berlin and Stavanger. I’ve had the privilege of working with artists such as Vhils, Dal East, Strök, Faith47, C215, Victor Ash, Czarnobyl, Ernest Zacharevic and more.“

SURFACE is the result of a three-year journey photographing in Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Stavanger, Athens, Sydney, Melbourne and Copenhagen.In 2015 the project will be exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, L.A., New York, Copenhagen and Vancouver.

Søren’s photography is characterised by finding a tension point between intimacy and edginess. His portraits are often regarded as cinematic in tone with a distinctive colour palette.

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.51.31 am


Soren’s photo of Dabs Myla in Los Angeles.

The inspirations for his style as a photographer is ranging from filmmakers David Lynch and Wong Kar-Wai through to the works of photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia and painter Caspar David Friedrich.

Søren has released three fine art photography books: Beat City (2006), CLOSER (2011) and Souls (2011). They are available in the web shop as well as in stores world wide.

Søren’s works have been exhibited in New York, Oxford, Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Edinburgh, Chicago, Milano, Napoli, Bratislava, Reykjavik, Cologne and Prague and are featured as part of the permanent collection in The Royal Danish Library and The National Portrait Collection in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.


Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.10.53 pm


SURFACE will be exhibited through March to August beginning in Australia:

SYDNEY @ Art Equity

February 23 – March 5 2015

Opening & book launch March 4



March 10-20 2015

Opening & book launch March 10


LOS ANGELES @ Subliminal Projects

25 April – 23 May 2015

Opening & book launch April 25


NEW YORK CITY @ Allouche Gallery

April 27 – May 12 2015

Opening & book launch May 2


COPENHAGEN @ Øksnehallen

In collaboration w/ V1 Gallery

June 12 – end of July 2015

Grand opening June 12


VANCOUVER @ The Burrard Arts Center

August 2015