Copenhagen-based Danish freelance photographer Benita Marcussen (b. 1981) is specialized in portrait-, design-, food and commercial photography. Her vast back catalogue reflects a universe ranging from art photography to portraits and commercial campaigns. Capturing the essence and nerve when behind the lens, Marcussen thrives towards a visually clean, aesthetic expression without compromising on personality.
Originally trained a photojournalist in 2010, another side to her practice is a deeply rooted anthropological approach, and a use of the visual language of photography to tell stories with a strong, significant impact. In her long-term, progressive project Men & Dolls, she gained exclusive access to document men and their real dolls – and did so in a respectful, understanding way, the result being intense, personal and momentous. Men & Dolls has gained international recognition and been exhibited in Denmark and abroad.
Benita Marcussen is a regular contributor to leading Danish and international medias, such as CNN, Wallpaper, Marie Claire Taiwan, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Ignant, BILD, D la Repubblica, Sightunseen, Milk Decoration, DanChurchAid, Berlingske Media, Politiken, Elkeland, DR, Telmore, Rebel, C & E Gastro, Louis Nielsen, Faurschou Foundation, Klarlund
1st place - Picture of the Year Denmark, Open Category - "Men and Dolls"
Eddie Adams Workshop NYC
Nominated for the Anders Bording prize "Wounded Soldiers"
Internship at Berlingske Media
Berlingske Tidende, B.T. & Urban
Climate change project in Bangladesh made for DanChurchAid.
'Men & Dolls' touring with Ulrike Quade Company in Norway, Holland and France
'Men & Dolls' touring with Ulrike Quade Company in Norway and Holland
'Men & Dolls' at Bartcelona Gallery, Belgrade Serbia
'Men & Dolls' at Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark
Exhibition with 16tyve at projekt 1:1, Copenhagen Denmark
Danish school of media and journalism (Photojournalism)