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Pål Hansen

ABOUT

Pål Hansen is one of London’s most published portrait photographers, shooting everyone from Nicole Kidman to Nigel Farage, Michael Fassbender to Nigella Lawson. He deals with his sitters on an individual basis and works tirelessly to expose the true character behind the (often famous) faces. Although Pål is often placed in difficult locations with a tight time frame, he prides himself on creating interesting an aesthetically beautiful images.

Recent editorial publications include GQ, Die Zeit, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Vanity Fair, Sunday Times Magazine and Time Out. Commercial clients include M&S, Audi, Knight Frank, PETA and Selfridges.

Recent Work

PÅL HANSEN / SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE / KENNETH BRANAGH

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Photographer Pål Hansen was commissioned to photograph the actor Sir Kenneth Branagh for the Sunday Times Culture.

Branagh is hotly tipped for Oscar and BAFTA glory with his new film, Belfast, which he wrote and directed.

 

 

PÅL HANSEN / OBSERVER

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Pål Hansen was commissioned by The Observer to shoot music royalty Elton John and John Grant. 

Long time friends, Elton and John sat down with the paper to discuss all things music, queer culture and politics. 

 

PÅL HANSEN / OBSERVER NEW REVIEW / JODIE COMER & Stephen Graham

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Pål Hansen was recently commissioned to shoot the stars of Channel 4’s new series Help, for the Observer New Review.

Giants of the British TV industry, Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham star in the new Liverpool based drama which orbits around the covid-19 pandemic. 

PÅL HANSEN / THE OBSERVER / PHILIPPA PERRY

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Pål Hansen was commissioned to shoot the nation’s agony aunt for Philippa Perry for The Observer magazine.

A renowned psychotherapist and author, Philippa is the new agony aunt for The Observer.  

 

 

 

PÅL HANSEN / THE OBSERVER / NISH KUMAR

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Pål Hansen was recently commissioned by The Observer to shoot comedian Nish Kumar. 

Known for his sharp wit and vast knowledge of current affairs, Nish has worked on shows including The Mash Report and The News Quiz. 

 

PÅL HANSEN / THE OBSERVER / RAFE SPALL

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Pål Hansen was recently commissioned by The Observer to shoot actor Rafe Spall. 

Styling from Hope Lawrie and grooming from Jo Jenkins. 

PÅL HANSEN / LUKE EVANS

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Pål Hansen recently shot Welsh actor and bonafide heartthrob Luke Evans for Observer Food Monthly. 

 

PÅL HANSEN / OBSERVER MAGAZINE

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Pål Hansen was recently commissioned to shoot Canadian comedian Mae Martin for the Observer Magazine. 

Known for her brutally honest comedy tackling sexuality and frequently drug addiction, Mae also wrote and starred in the Channel 4/Netflix sitcom, ‘Fell Good’. 

PÅL HANSEN / REFUGEE WEEK

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In collaboration with Counterpoints Arts, Pål Hansen was commissioned to shoot the campaign for Refugee Week 2020. 

With the arrival of COVID-19, the shoot had to be cancelled but images were still needed for a digital campaign. Pål came up with the idea to art direct the shoot remotely and each of the ambassadors shot themselves using a smart phone.

PÅL HANSEN / BIG NARSTIE

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Pål Hansen recently shot Big Narstie for the Observer.

Rapper, author and TV personality, Big Narstie but brought his larger than life personality to the shoot – along with his dog.