Stian has directed music videos for artists like Karpe Diem, Robyn & Royksopp, Lars Vaular, Highasakite, Gabrielle, Morten Harket, Kvelertak and Susanne Sundfør. The music videos has racked up more than 20 million views on YouTube alone.
His music videos has collected various awards across Europe and has been showcased at festivals in (almost) every corner of the world.
As a photographer, Stian has more than 50 album covers under his belt, shooting with artists like Royksopp, a-ha, Dum Dum Boys, Highasakite and Big Bang, and has photographed Prince, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and Leonard Cohen to name a few.
In 2017 he took the creative collaboration with Highasakite a step further when he stepped in the role as creative director for the band’s sold-out show in Oslo Spektrum.
His pictures has resulted in several books published by Aschehaug and Forlaget Press. Among these are the award-winning «Turboneger Fotografier 1993-2009» and «a-ha Photographs 1994 - 2010».
In 2013 one of Stian’s photos of the band Dum Dum Boys was selected as the motif for an official Norwegian post stamp.
In addition, his work has been published in editorial mastodonts like Der Spiegel, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Guardian, Stern, Vogue Magazine and the Sunday Times.
When he was invited into the very inner circles of the a-ha universe in 2000, he was already one of Norway’s leading photographers. Working closer to the band than any photographer before him, he documented the band’s every move; in the studio, back stage, at rehearsals and sound checks, while recording and even their private moments.
The art project «a-ha Photographs» had Stian traveling with the band to 20 cities in twelve countries, resulting in a book and an exhibition that has been on display at Stolper & Friends Gallery in Norway and at Strand Gallery in London. The chance to get a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world and workings of Norway’s biggest musical success will be in Tokyo, Japan.
The critically acclaimed Turboneger exhibition «The Silent Side of Rock’n’Roll has toured Norway for several years, and was last shown at Rockheim in Trondheim. Other exhibitions include «Backstage Sessions» at Øyafestivalen 2014 and Popsenteret in 2015 and «Icons» at the Urban Pop Op Art Gallery in 2016.
In Norway, Stian is signed to production agency Pravda for advertising assignments, and has directed commercials for e.g. Citroën and Choice Hotels.
In addition to the before-mentioned people, Stian’s clients include Ricky Gervais, Universal Music, Cecilia Brækhus, Aschehoug Forlag, Citroén, Sony Music, Øyafestivalen, Janelle Monae, A-ha, Levi's, The New Yorker and author Jo Nesbø.