Thorsten Overgaard

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Thorsten Overgaard
BornThorsten Overgaard Nielsen
(1965-03-25) 25 March 1965 (age 53)
Occupation Photographer
Years active1985–present
Joy Villa (m. 2016)

Thorsten von Overgaard (born 1965) is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography. He writes about photography.

Portrait photography photography genre

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or school events. Portraits can serve many purposes, from usage on a personal Web site to display in the lobby of a business.


Early life

Overgaard was born in Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark.

Aarhus City in Central Jutland, Denmark

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and the seat of Aarhus municipality. It is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, in the geographical centre of Denmark, 187 kilometres (116 mi) northwest of Copenhagen and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Hamburg, Germany. The inner urban area contains 273,077 inhabitants and the municipal population is 340,421. Aarhus is the central city in Business Region Aarhus and in the East Jutland metropolitan area, which had a total population of 1.378 million in 2016.

Denmark constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

From 1983–1985 he was cultural editor of the monthly magazine Blitz where did interviews and featured Danish comics talents. [1]

In 1985, at the age of 20 he co-founded the advertising agency A-Z Reklame with Mogens Gårdsmann. [1]


From 1985 to 1993 he was owner or co-owner of the advertising agencies A-Z Reklame, Thorsten Overgaard and D3. [1]

From 1993 to 1994 he worked at RMB advertising in Aarhus and then co-founded AD ONE advertising agency and eventually took over AD ONE in 1996 where he also went into producing websites, cooperated with Tiscali and World Online on international on-line campaigns, built the first Navision eBusiness integration and founded the first on-line coupon magazine and online PR agency. [2]

Tiscali s.p.a. is an Italian telecommunications company, based in Cagliari, Sardinia, that provides internet and telecommunications services to its domestic market. It previously had operations in other European nations through its acquisition of many smaller European Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the late 1990s.

World Online (WOL) was a European Internet Service Provider (ISP) which came to prominence in the late 1990s dotcom boom.

In November 2000, Overgaard sold all activities of AD ONE to Execon A/S but remained as CEO and member of the executive board for a year. [3]

In 2002, he founded a consulting company and also started writing freelance for Iværksætteren, Jyllands-Posten, etc. and also arranged tours with Ted Sorensen (John F. Kennedy speech-writer), and edited books for Klaus Riskær Pedersen. He also took up his interest in photography again and started photographing portraits for the interviews he did for the newspapers and magazines. [4]

In early 2005 Overgaard went to South-East Asia to document the relief work after the Tsunami. This resulted in the photo documentary e-book and DVD "After the Tsunami" as a testament to the relief work performed by volunteers from all over the world. [5]

Overgaard focused on photography from 2006 onwards and worked for Danish magazines and organizations doing reports and portraits.[ citation needed ] He also started portraying celebrities Kelly Preston, Juliette Lewis, Seal, Anne Archer, and statesmen Hans Blix, Bill Clinton, and the Danish Royal Family.

Overgaard conducts international photography workshops. [6]


E-books by von Overgaard

Publications with contributions by von Overgaard

Short films on von Overgaard


Personal life

Thorsten Overgaard has been a long time member of The Church of Scientology and as part of the Scientology Disaster Response Team documented his journey to the tsunami affected areas in India and Sri Lanka in January 2005. [14] [15]



  1. 1 2 3 Overgaard, Thorsten (2002). "My Secret Life" . Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. "Execon Media Ltd Press Release" (PDF). 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. Overgaard, Thorsten (2000). "Execon Media Ltd" . Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  4. Overgaard, Thorsten (2007). "The Hans Blix Portrait" . Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  5. Thorsten Overgaard (2005). "After the Tsunami The Book". Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. Overgaard, Thorsten. "Seminars & Workshops". Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  7. "Thorsten Overgaard. "We The People"" (in German). March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  8. Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Snapshot Aesthetic" . Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
  9. Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Color Space - Contemporary Photography" . Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
  10. Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "ArtGemini2014" . Retrieved 18 Jan 2015.
  11. Overgaard, Thorsten (2014). "Schmidt Marketing" . Retrieved 18 Jan 2015.
  12. Overgaard, Thorsten (2018). "IPHF" . Retrieved 12 Jun 2018.
  13. "Meet a Scientologist—Thorsten Overgaard's Unique Perspective". Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  14. Overgaard, Thorsten. " - Thorsten Overgaard's Leica Pages - The Story Behind That Picture 61 - "The Sri Lanka Sunday School"". Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  15. "ArtGemini Prize 2014 Winners Announced". ArtGeminiPrize. 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  16. "2017 APA Awards Selections Announced". American Photographic Artists. 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  17. "2017 IPA Awards". IPA Int'l Photography Awards. 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  18. "2017 IPA Awards". IPA Int'l Photography Awards. 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  19. "2018 IPA Awards". IPA Int'l Photography Awards. 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.