Artist Statement
My projects focus on global issues, social injustice, spirituality and the depth of one’s character.

I use photojournalism to investigate the mechanisms of human survival. I approach my projects with open minded curiosity and commit myself to being engaged in the situations and experiences of those I photograph. My aim is to give a genuine and personal insight into the core of a human crisis.

Capturing moments which are often unseen, my intention is to create heartful and energetically striking images which encourage the audience to see things in new ways and to open their hearts.

I search for the universal, hidden and authentic emotions, which are at stake for the people who I am photographing. Photographs can reveal fundamental truths, which I feel a call to communicate - to create healing, understanding and memorable photographs. My projects span from weeks to several years.

I use my will, discipline and courage to advocate for values of community, freedom and progress. To build a bridge from the viewer to the people I photograph. I feel a call to tell stories of people who are facing challenging circumstances.

My work is published as longreads and in newspapers, magazines, as well on exhibitions in Denmark and abroad.

My name is Mikkel Hørlyck (32). I’m an independent photojournalist and visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides photography I’m committed to people, art, acting, film, travel, spirituality, sports, nature and exploring life.

In life, I have experienced great love and great loss. In 2016 I was injured in a traffic accident and had to recover from a concussion, back injuries and existential doubt. By 2020 I was again one hundred percent fighting fit. This period has so far been the most insightful time for me and I apply these experiences in my stories.

I hold a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Previously, I worked as a photojournalist intern at Politiken and studied at Fatamorgana The Danish School of Art Photography.

In 2019, I was recipient of Discovery Of The Year at The Lucie Awards in New York City. My work has received awards and honours from Danish Picture Of The Year, Vilnius Photo Circle and World Report Award among others.

Today, I work on my projects, giving lectures and doing freelance assignments.

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