Masterclass med Michael Christopher Brown på MIRAGE Film Festival

October 11 2023

Join us for a master class in collaboration with Norwegian Journal of Photography and Mirage featuring star photographer Michael Christopher Brown, where he will let us in on his latest AI projects and share the thoughts behind them. He will talk about how he works with AI technology, and the challenges it poses for photographers and the industry. This is a unique opportunity to hear from an expert and gain insights into the future of photography and technology

Friday, 13 October 2023, 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Vega Scene 1, Oslo

After Browns presentation, a conversation between Brown and the audience will be led by NJP editor and curator Laara Matsen.

Michael Christopher Brown’s work utilizes the iconography of photojournalism to amplify stories using unconventional techniques. From combining the multimedia applications of the iPhone in documenting the 2011 Libyan Revolution for the book and film Libyan Sugar, to using text prompts gathered from on-the-ground research in generating imagery for the 2023 AI series 90 Miles.

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90 Miles represents a post-photography AI reporting illustration experiment that utilizes photographic-looking imagery to explore historical events and the realities of Cuban life. These realities have motivated Cubans to cross the 90 miles of ocean separating Havana from Florida. In the AI series Skagit Valley, they examine potential past and futures of nuclear, climate, renewable technologies, and machines as connected to agriculture.

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Editorials have long used reportage illustrations to illuminate stories in fresh ways. As anyone may now collaborate with the collective history of photography to illustrate the photographed world and create a story or vision of what was, is, or can be, AI may play a crucial role in enhanced identification with storytelling and, by extension, humanity.

Tickets available here.

Below photos from Browns 90 miles post-photography, A.I. reportage illustration experiment. For details concerning the images, see

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 Fake images. On the left, a fake illustration of Pope Francis. On the right, a fake of presumptive US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photos from NTB/Phil Holm and

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June 15 2024

A new report gives some answers and, for the first time, the use of artificial intelligence in the media has been surveyed all over the world.

The Fritt Ord Foundation, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford and the University of Bergen invite the public to the world-wide launch of the Reuters Digital News Report 2024 and the Norwegian report:

Monday, 17 June 2024, 08.30-10.00 a.m.
Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

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Fritt Ord's grants for master’s degrees

May 15 2024

Is your master’s project about freedom of expression, social debate or journalism? If so, you can apply for a student grant from the Fritt Ord Foundation.


“In an age of fake news, AI, propaganda and manipulation, we must place trust in the photographer himself.” Speeches on the occasion of the awarding of the 2024 Fritt Ord Prize to Harald Henden

May 8 2024

“Each day, more than 3 billion images are uploaded to social media, including photos from conflicts and disasters. However, in an age of fake news, propaganda, manipulation and artificial intelligence, the question is often ‘what can we trust?’" observed Harald Henden upon being awarded the Fritt Ord Prize.
His response is that we must trust the individual photographer. Grete Brochmann, chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board, drove home the same point, calling war and documentary photography an integral part of the infrastructure of freedom of expression.


War photographer and prize laureate Harald Henden: “Credibility is journalism's most important capital asset”

May 7 2024

“Credibility is the media’s most important capital asset. That is precisely why the importance of having the media’s own photographers on site has not diminished. In point of fact, it is more important than ever before.
“This is because credibility is also an individual photographer’s most important asset. “When I put my name under a photo, readers should be able to trust that the content is correct, so that no further verification is needed. This brand of credibility takes many years to build up, and it can be descimated by a single mistake,” commented Harald Henden (63) upon being awarded the Fritt Ord Prize on Tuesday evening.