Books - Stuff Happens, The Far from Humdrum Life of a Photojournalist

Publication date: February / March 2022

Tor Eigeland’s new book – Stuff Happens. The Far from Humdrum Life of a Photojournalist – coming soon

“Fascinating … This charming and vivid memoir recalls surreptitious escapades, dangerous encounters, and more than a good bit of luck.”  Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor (Ret.) National Geographic

In Stuff Happens, Tor Eigeland looks back on a life packed with adventures, starting in 1947 when he set off from his hometown of gray post-war Oslo – aged just 16 – as a deckhand bound for exotic Shanghai.

The book then covers exploits in Canada and Mexico in his 20s before his insatiable desire to see and experience more led him into photojournalism and a world of excitement and delights as well as moments of tension and fear.

Tor recalls stories he covered and tells anecdotes with warmth and compassion showing an engaging sense of humor and an ability to connect with an amazing cast of characters and cultures across the world.

Illustrated with over 250 photographs, Stuff Happens shows the power of using an image to tell a story.  “Sometimes, when I get a really good shot, I can feel it, like getting goosebumps,” Tor says.  “How did this happen, I ask myself, how was I so lucky to be here?”

As a freelance photojournalist and writer Tor has contributed to numerous magazines and publications, including ten National Geographic books.

© 2021 Tor Eigeland