Per Eide, born in 1954, grew up on the scenic coast of Sunnmøre in western Norway. He studied photography at the West Surrey College of Art & Design (BA, 1975–79). After spending a couple of years in London, he launched his professional career in Norway.
Through the years, Per Eide has built a reputation as perhaps the country’s most versatile photographer, receiving awards and acclaim in a wide range of photographic genres.
Today Eide works mostly on location, fulfilling the needs of customers within the fields of tourism, aquaculture as industry, as well as advertising agencies and book publishers.
Many of the tourists who come to Norway have been lured by Per Eide’s magical images. Editors of magazine articles and graphic designers of tourist brochures will often insist on using his photographs. Eide has criss-crossed Norway many times, fulfilling commissions from local and regional tourist boards.
Fine Art Photography
Per Eide’s landscapes and fine art photography are renowned. His work has been shown at many group exhibitions and he has had 18 one-man shows. His works have been purchased by a number of collections in Norway and abroad. Over the last few years he has had several important commissions to decorate embassies, cruise ships, two Hurtigruten steamers and 14 offshore vessels, numerous oil platforms, hotels, restaurants and office buildings with his fine art photography.
Eide has received numerous awards, including the highest honour from the Norwegian Association of Professional Photographers (NFF) in 2006. He has also received prestigious photographic grants.
He started taking underwater photographs in 1992, and has since been four-time Norwegian and five-time Nordic champion in underwater photography. He has also received top rankings in four World Championships and is the winner of numerous international competitions.
Today, Eide no longer competes, but is often asked to serve on competition juries, for instance in the World Championships in Spain in 2005 and in South Korea in 2009.
Per Eide has illustrated over 40 books, ranging from cookbooks, architecture and interior design, landscapes and cityscapes, and of books on Norwegian traditions and culture. In 1997 he illustrated the book The Living Sea with magnificent underwater images from the Norwegian coast. In 2000 he celebrated his native region in The Magic of Fjord Norway, and in 2003 receive accolades from the critics for a book that embraced all of Norway (På sporet av Norge).