“When reviewing, I’m curious to find out what kind of a universe I’m entering and where this meeting with artist and picture is going to take me. I prefer to make my own way into this unknown world and let my naïve interpretation serve the artist up to the moment where dialogue opens to a richer understanding.
I consider the verbalization of the art process to be an important part of developing both photography and artist, and from this perspective, if possible, influence society. I appreciate formally exquisite photography but shall at any time prefer existentially thoughtful work to shiny emptiness.”
Finn Thrane is the founding director of Museet for Fotokunst at Brandts in Odense, Denmark (1985-2007). He has curated close to 250 shows for this institution as well as for other museums in Scandinavia plus festivals in Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US.
In 2000, Finn initiated the international festival Odense Foto Triennial, known today as FotoTriennale.dk. He has written numerous analytic articles for Danish and foreign monographs and was the founder and co-editor of the bilingual photo-magazine KATALOG – Journal of Photography & Video from 1988 to 2007.
Finn holds an MA in Literature and Film Science from Copenhagen University, has a basic course from the Danish Film School, and later studied photography in France, Italy and Sweden. He taught at the Askov Folk High School, Denmark, in the years 1972-85.
Furthermore, Finn is a self-taught photographer and artist in the field of photography. He was active as an artist during the 1970s and -80s and again from 2013. He is represented at four Danish museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and collections in Norway and Poland.
Together with his wife, he now runs Mikrohøjskolen JANUS, a small, private folk high school for photography and psychology, founded in 2009.