Pétur Thomsen (b. 1973) studied art history and archaeology at the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III, Montpellier; photography at École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques, Montpellier and at École Nationale Supérieur de la Photographie (ENSP), Arles.
Pétur depicts the Icelandic landscape by following straight compositional rules. In most of his photos the landscape fills the surface completely, with the result that nature elements attain a graphic quality in the sense that they give the image a specific rhythm. The landscape shows the violent intrusion of mankind into Iceland’s nature. Whether seen as social criticism or as a romantic statement, his work bears witness to the rapid change of Iceland’s land- and cityscapes.