Photographer JH Engström in Athens and Thessaloniki
The renowned Swedish photographer JH Engström will give an open lecture on his work on November 4, at the Benaki Museum Auditorium, Pireos street.
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JH Engström will also give a masterclass in Thessaloniki on November 1.
Organization: The Museum of Photography Thessaloniki in cooperation with the school of photography Post Visual Photography .
“I want to live reality with the absolute conscience of my freedom. I shoot autobiographically, taking all responsibility and daring to confront my life, with no limits. I don’t care who I am or where I am, I just let the camera unfold the story, with no whatsoever formalistic or technical restrictions.
The lack of primitive technical completeness and hierarchy is conscious and underlines the subjective dimension of my images.
Time is invitingly fluid while simultaneously man craves for contact, for essential, human, daily contact.
Unaffected images, reflections of the psychological challenges of human existence”.
JH Engström was born in Carlstad, Sweden in 1969 and spent his childhood between Sweden and France. Worked as an assistant for fashion photographer Mario Testino, who introduced him into mixing various photographic techniques that he is using up until today.
In 1993 he returned to Stockholm as an assistant for Swedish photographer Anders Petersen, thriving a long term, both personal and professional relationship, that led to publishing a joint book in 2009, called “From Back Home”.
He graduated from Gothenburg University’s Photographic Course in 1997. The same year he also published his first book called “Shelter”.
In 1998 he moved to Brooklyn, New York and started working on his book “Trying to Dance”, which was completed in his hometown, Varmland in 2001. This book introduced the beginning of a trilogy which was completed with “Haunts” in 2006 and “Wells” in 2010. These three books have a biographical character and present elements of Engström’s private intimate life.
He has received various awards and honours, among them the Author’s Book Award for “From Back Home” in the international Photo Festival of “Les Recontres d’Arles Photographie” in 2009 and the Swedish Photo Book Prize for “Shelter” in 1998.
JH Engström is considered as one of the most important contemporary photographers.