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Documentary photography: RAX (Iceland)

“On the ice, you see life in a totally different way. There’s a sense of serenity and simplicity.” – RAX

The photograph has undoubtedly affected our lifes. Exotic cultures across the universe are often learned and explored through the lens of the camera. Contemporary audiences insist photographs with every media coverage. Nowadays, the photograph is so significant in most storytelling that a story without it feels incomplete — a half-story.

Some of these images may be familiar to you. They don´t need any explanation but prepare yourself for cold because RAX work is cool as ice.

Photographs belong to RAX

For almost three decades, Ragnar Axelsson a.k.a. RAX has been traveling to small Inuit villages in Greenland’s most remote regions, documenting the hunting traditions and vanishing lifestyles of northern communities. His images have won him recognition as one of the most accomplished documentary photographer of our times. He has been honoured as Icelandic Photographer of the Year couple of times, and his work has appeared in the renowned; National Geographic, Le Figaro, Time magazineThe New York Times and Newsweek.

Miki Meek, a photojournalist at NY Times described RAX with these words:

He’s trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that’s drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back. – Miki Meek, 7th of December 2009. You can read the article here!

On Christmas night I watched an excellent documentary; Last days of the Arctic but Mr. Axelsson published a book with the same title in 2010. The documentary follows the photographer on his life’s mission — to capture the human faces of the North.

Apart from being among the most celebrated photographers in the world, RAX is also a great storyteller. He mainly photographs in B&W — snowWhite


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Vernissages: 30th of April 2011, Galleri Kontrast (Stockholm)

Sport feature photograph of the year 2011.” By Sara Strandlund/Freelance

Konsthopp was in the mood for photography last weekend. The direction was taken to Gallery Kontrast as two vernissages were taking place; “Årets bild 2011” and “Inom mig” by Tom Willhammar.

Annually the gallery shows ‘Årets bild’ or ’The Swedish picture of the year award‘. The 2011 winners are Peter Wixström, awarded for ’The best picture’ and Magnus Wennman as ’The press photographer of the year‘. Check the year´s nominated photographs here.

These outstanding photographs proof once again that ’a picture is worth a thousand words‘.

“Everyday life photograph of the year 2011” (Sweden). By Anette Nantell/Dagens Nyheter

“Everyday life photograph of the year 2011” (International). By Magnus Wennman/Aftonbladet

In the basement at the same gallery is another exhibition running called “Inom mig”. The photographer, Tom Willhammar, said that he prefer black & white photography because they reflect more emotions. Undoubtedly, these stunning photos reflects strong emotions. All the photos were shot in Bejing and Shanghai while the artist lived there in 2008.

After a lot of speculations, the photographer finally chose his darling. Love. Passion. Love it!

Photographs by Konsthopp

The Press Photographers Club in Sweden (PFK) runs Gallery Kontrast independently. It is devoted to photographs and has over the years developed a reputation as one of Swedens primary venue for documentary photography. These two exhibitions are no exception.

“Årets bild 2011” and “Inom sig” will be on-going until 22nd of May 2011.

Place: Galleri Kontrast, Hornsgatan 8, Stockholm

Opening hours: Wednesday – Thursday, 11.00 – 18.00 ; Friday, 12.00 – 17.00 ; Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00

OBS. Next Wednesday (4th of May) will Peter Wixström and Magnus Wennman present their winning photographs from “Årets bild 2011” at Galleri Kontrast. The lecture starts at 19.00.

The admission is 60 SEK but it is free for GKV´s members. Membership in GKV is 100 SEK for 2011.

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