Oddvar Paulsen was born in the Norwegian town Kristiansand. In the early 70th he began to take photos with reflex camera SLR Ricoh, using various lenses and preferring to work with black and white film Ilford, Kodak and Agfa, but some photos were also taken on color slide. Since 1977, SLR Olympus OM-2 became Oddvar’s main camera.
In 80th, studying graphic design, Oddvar Paulsen continued to actively take photos.
A new stage in the work of the photographer started came in 2000 and it still continues: Oddvar travels a lot and, of course, does not leave the camera behind. Meeting new people and their culture has changed his understanding of silence, peace and fellowship.
As a documentary photographer, he takes many photos for the project Stromme Foundation NGO (www.strommestiftelsen.no). At the photo contest in CGAP (www.cgap.org) in 2010 (1000 participants from 40 countries) and in 2013 (4000 participants from 90 countries) he entered the top 30.
In 2010, 2011 and 2013, he visited five workshops of Norwegian photographer Morten Krogvold (www.krogvold.com).
Oddvar Paulsen’s photo project «And One Behind» was shown at the gallery Fotohuset in his native Kristiansand from September till October 2012.