In the Gray Wood-Mist: Denise Grünstein’s Dark Fairy Tale Photography


Channeling the tenebrous and haunting world of fable, Stockholm-based artist Denise Grünstein is know for her editorial photos: intensely dreamy, disconcerting, at turns eerie and romantic. Grünstein’s work, using a large format camera and color negative film, frequently features surreal pastoral settings that blur the line between nightmare, fantasy and reality.  Known also for her commercial and design work, Denise has been showcased in solo exhibits throughout Europe. Click through the gallery below for more dark and lovely images, or visit Galleri Charlotte Lund to view her in-depth portfolio.

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14 replies

  1. Fantastic stuff. Definitely worth spending some time going through more of her portfolio at those two links. I really enjoy the images that feature elements of nature, or possess a dream-like quality to them.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Alex. While I used the darker photos here, her whole portfolio has a kind of fairy tale aesthetic about it – I love that she seems to understand the whimsical/disturbing duality of fable.

  2. Ohhhh, I love the outdoor place setting with the ravens!

  3. You know I’d love to find a book of photography like this, alas I’ve not stumbled upon the right sort of thing yet. I love these, very pretty.


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