Mads Nissen


Mads Nissen (1979) is a photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

For Nissen photography is all about empathy - creating understanding, a closeness and intimacy. He strives to build that connection while focusing on contemporary social issues such as inequality, human rights violations and our often destructive relationship with nature.
After graduating in 2007 with distinction from The Danish School of Journalism he moved to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. In 2009, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass.

Since 2014 he has worked as a staff photographer at the Danish daily Politiken. His images are also published in Time, Newsweek, CNN, National Geographic, The Guardian, Stern, and Der Spiegel among others. 

In 2015, his photograph of a gay couple from Russia was selected as World Press Photo of the
Year and his work has received more than 60 awards. In 2018 he was named Photographer of the Year for the third time in Denmark. He has also been shortlisted twice as Pictures of the Year International Photographer of the Year. 
Nissen has published three photo books: The Fallen (People's Press), AMAZONAS (Gyldendal) and most recently in 2018 the award-winning We are Indestructible (GOST Books).

He is internationally represented by Panos Pictures, Prospekt in Italy and LAIF in German.

World Press Photo Involvement:
Award-winning photographer 2021 Photo Contest
Award-winning photographer 2015 Photo Contest
Award-winning photographer 2011 Photo Contest
Joop Swart Masterclass 2009

Mads Nissen on Social Media:
Instagram: @madsnissenphoto
Twitter: @MadsNissenPhoto

Mads Nissen

Image credit: Morten Rode