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Net stroll: Viktor Johansson (Sweden)

The 24-year-old Swedish photo student, Viktor Johansson, has been named as the winner of the Google Photography Prize 2012. Viktor impressed the judges with his documentary series of Christoffer Eskilsson, Sweden’s top male 10m diver.

The jury’s motivation:

“Viktor Johansson has chosen to show us an alternative view, one that we are not used to seeing from sport photography in the media. Instead of glamorous action shots of an athlete in competition, he has produced arresting and unexpected photographs that focus on the long, lonely hours of repetitive training and practice that it takes to excel in your field.” (Nigel Hurst)

Viktor Johansson (b. 1985) studies his last year at the Nordic Photography school Biskops-Arnö (related post). You can see some of Viktor’s photographs at the ongoing exhibition “Maskulin” at Young Art in Stockholm. And if you’re in London, Viktor’s photographs of Christoffer Eskilsson will be exhibited along with the 9 other finalists photographs at The Saatchi Gallery, between 25th of April – 22nd of Jule 2012.

Congratulations Viktor!


Photographs belong to Viktor Johansson


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Vernissage: 3rd of March 2012, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

Press photos should reflect the situation in every society at any given time. That’s why I’m always a bit excited when the “Press photo of the year award” in Iceland is announced but Kópavogur art museum (Gerðarsafn) annually houses the event.

According to the selected committee, these pictures stood out in certain categories last year.

Category: “Daily Life” / Eyþór Árnason

Category: “Magazine photo of the year” / Kristinn Magnússon

Category: “Portrait picture of the year” / Rakel Ósk Sigurðardóttir

Category: “Sport photo of the year” / Kristinn Magnússon

Photographs belong to the photographers

For society critics and other thinkers it can be curious to compare the emphasis and trends in press photography between nations. I went to the “Swedish press photo award” last year in Stockholm and now this year in Iceland. At first sight, these two closely related countries seems to have almost nothing in common when it comes to media’s photo coverage. The Swedish press photos mirrors multicultural society, while the geographical isolation of Iceland seems to affect the Icelanders approach to press photography — sometimes in a very positive way.

Anyhow, I have to admit that I’m quite impressed how many Icelandic photographers have gained reputation and respect internationally — especially since most photographers of this country have to travel abroad to get their education. Examples of those includes the young fashion photographers, Saga Sig and Silja Magg and of course — the world known (and self-taught) documentary photographer Rax.

Don´t miss this years “Photograph of the year” in Sweden. The exhibition will be opened the 31st of March in Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm.

Date: 3rd of March – 7th of April 2012

Photographers: Various

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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On-going: 21st of January – 19th of February 2012, Galleri Kontrast (Stockholm)

Each morning I read through the headlines of the newspaper. Some articles interest me and are worth my attention, others not.  Most people have the same experience, we quickly riffle through the newspaper, read short articles and notes but most of the time it’s already a lost memory. Easy to forget.

“Bakom rubrikerna” (“Behind the headlines”) is a final project of seventeen photostudents at the Nordens Fotoskola. Seventeen stories are told and inspired by equally many newsarticles that the studenst have picked out themselves. Through their photographs, they tell us things that we wouldn’t be able to find otherwise in our newspaper. It is interesting to see what they’ve found and how they were inspired to explore people’s stories in order to show what has been hiding behind the headlines.

“Aina & Tage” / Photoseries by Rebecka Uhlin

“Kängorna på marken” / Photoseries by Angelica Sander

“Mellanåringar” / Photoseries by Evelina Carborn

“Alldeles ny” / Photoseries by Anna Surma

“Jag vill inte att du blir ensam” / Film by Robin Haldert

Photographs taken by Konsthopp

The real “Stockholmare” ; mothers with their newborn babies; swedish cheerleaders ; senior home; teenage spirits ; five decades of marriage ; ex-relationships ; friendships ;  soldiers in Afghanistan; asylum seekers …

The photographs are beautiful but it’s the stories behind each series that really brings them to life. Stories of people — relationships — destinies. Stories that are complicated and show a whole rainbow of emotions (see all the photographs here).

It’s really impressive how intimate and personal some of the projects are. It can’t be easy to let go of your own ego and gain that trust, which is needed to be able tell another person’s story — or in some cases — to tell your own story.

The students are brave and should be proud of their work — each headline was worth to be explored and different stories to be told. There is a soul and a heart in it.

And that is what I call art!

Date: 21st of January – 19th of February 2012

Artists: Andreas Nilsson, Angelica Zander, Anna Ekros, Anna Surma, Evelina Carborn, Gustav Hugosson, Karl Henrik Edlund, Katja Annola, Kenny Bengtsson, Lisa Irvall, Ola Håkansson, Rebecka Uhlin, Robin Haldert, Samuel Unéus, Sara Johari, Sebastian Waldenby, Viktor Johansson

Place: Galleri Kontrast, Hornsgatan 8, Stockholm

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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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