The series The Woman Who Never Existed by Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi was inspired by a quote from Italian actress Eleonora Duse: “Away from the stage I do not exist”. Niemi’s work explores the persona of performers who step away from the spotlight, capturing the fragile and emotional moment where acting ends and reality begins.

Anja Niemi is exclusively represented by The Little Black Gallery.
All images from the series The Woman Who Never Existed, 2016 © Anja Niemi / with thanks to The Little Black Gallery