A. Gjevik Photo


Asmund Gjevik was born in the late 1930’s on a small island in Norway where nearly everyone made their living by fishing or farming. He got his first camera at age 14. It was a medium format box camera with black and white film, which he used to make portraits of friends and family.

At the age of 16 he went out into the world and became a seaman. Practically all of his working career has been spent on boats or ships.  After leaving Norway he immigrated to the US in 1966 and lived in the Virgin Islands where he guided scuba divers and taught snorkeling to tourists.
Living in the Caribbean turned his attention to travel photography with 35 mm, shooting everything beautiful that caught his eye: landscapes, tropical flowers, beaches, portraits and a considerable amount of underwater photography. Here he later became a tug boat captain and then progressed to piloting large tankers in the Caribbean.  He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1988 and retired after 18 years of piloting ships on the bays of San Francisco. 

In 1987 after attending a Maine Photography Workshop he was astounded by work done with large format photography by John Sexton and other landscape photographers.  Thereafter, his outlook on photography broadened and was changed forever.  Shortly after the workshop he bought a 4x5 Zone VI camera which started the long and sometimes painful process of learning the ways of black and white photography and printing.

Among the photographers he admires most are Brett Weston, Ruth Bernhardt, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Alan Ross, John Sexton, Elizabeth Opalenik and Lucien Clergue.

He is currently doing photography in Northern California where he lives with his wife, painter, Jeannie Gjevik.