Gunnar Smoliansky is one of Sweden’s major photographers. He was born in 1933 in Visby, on the island of Gotland, and has devoted himself to photography since the early 1950s. Smoliansky has been an independent artist since the 1970s, working almost exclusively with the photographic image. His oeuvre is unique, although conscious of its place in the history of photography. He became acknowledged for his photography through his early independent work, and a career that led him to work as a photographer’s assistant and attend night school under Christer Strömholm. Between 1956 and 1963 he was an industrial photographer.
Gunnar Smoliansky works exclusively in black and white, and always develops his photographs himself. Throughout his career, he has transformed his photographed motifs into completed photos in the darkroom. Stockholm is the main focus of Smoliansky’s photographic world, particularly the areas of Södermalm and Saltsjö-Boo, the two parts of the city he has lived and worked in for most of his life. From a geographic point of view, the photographs of Gunnar Smoliansky are quite restricted in range. This has not, however, kept him from being regarded as one of the world’s great photographers.
Joakim Karlsson was born in a small town in Sweden, 1979. When he grew up he was mostly into music and played in various rock bands. His first photo interest he got in 9th grade when he had a short photography course. There he learned to shoot with film, manual focus and cameras that had no automatic functions. The real photo interest never started until 2006 when he got very interested and portrait and fashion photography. He never had any photo training and learned everything the hard way by himself. The good thing about this is that he made all the mistakes himself and developed his own shooting style. Joakim mostly shot fashion until about 2 years ago when he got more interested in sensual art and nude photography. About the same time he started teaching and workshops
I’ve experienced a lot of things the past twentyone years. I’ve seen lives been lost and new lives begin. I began listening more closely to my creative voice in the beginning of 2011. It was then that I started documenting the things and people that moved me with an iphone camera, and after many months of hard work, I finally went down to the store and bought myself a DSRL. The last years i’ve traveled to many places far away and met peoples from different religions who showed me a different way of life. A life that helped me to surround myself with creative people. To inspire and be inspired by them is one of the many things that have changed my way of living
In his photographs, Simen Johan explores darkly the human proclivity towards fantasy and our attempts, knowing or otherwise, to craft alternate realities for ourselves. Merging traditional photographic techniques with digital methods, Johan creates each of his images from as many as one hundred negatives, having first constructed or discovered each element and photographed it on film. Across his body of work, the viewer is urged to ponder the relationship between the real and the artificial or imagined.
In his most recent images, from the series “Until the Kingdom Comes”, Johan depicts animals in scenarios where their actions or demeanor mirror human conventions. The images allude to our inclination to anthropomorphize and domesticate what we see and find around us, and they speak to realms of emotion, our fears and desires, rather than reason. In his earlier work Johan explored the unique relationship that children have with the unknown, constructing complex photographic worlds that seem to grow wild from young imaginations. In some images the children are prominently featured, wrapped up in acts of play or ritual as the makers of their own worlds, while in others they’ve vanished completely, leaving only the enigmatic traces of their mischief.
Simen Johan’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other major institutions. Johan’s first monograph, Room to Play, was published by Twin Palms in 2003. Born in Norway and raised in Sweden, Johan earned his B.F.A at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, where he currently resides
Born in januari 1987, childhood 2 miles outside stockholm. Lives / works now in a house in the forrest outside stockholm. Henrik Isaksson Garnell works sculptural and scientific in his pictures He gives life to inanimate objects and build new lifeforms. The sculpture has an important role, to Henrik it’s not about photography to take pictures but to create them. He stages daydreams and nightmares and has a completely different language than I as a gallery owner has previously seen. He moves between surrealism and conkretism unusual to photography and the label is difficult to specify. Henry’s creativity never thumbs on the quality, he has been producing nothing but fantastic work in large batches. In addition to his photographic training at Kulturama Henrik has worked as an assistant for several years, including for the photo-based artist DAWID. // Nina Grundemark Grundemark Nilsson Gallery
After 25 years of civil war, the Dinka people are now back to normal life in South Sudan. A way of life that hasn’t changed much since ancient time. South Sudan offers the last vast grassland in Africa were herders still find plenty of space to move about; for hundreds and hundreds of Kilometers both east and west of the Nile banks. The Dinka tribe is the largest tribe in South Sudan with around 2,5 million people. The Dinka clans are living on the edges of the Sudd, the big swamp and wetland formed by the Nile river. Its a life settled around cattle. They drink their milk, they worship them, they call them by names and they wash their faces and bodies with cattle urin. Cattle’s are killed only at very special occasions, like weddings, or if the animal is sick. In the dry season they herd their cattle into the grassland, in the rain season they start to herd them back from the floodplains to higher grounds. There is plenty of fish in the Sudd and one traditional way of living for the Dinka people is the life as fishermen. Dinka fishermen use dugout canoes and mostly fish with nets but also with spears. But most of the Dinkas are living with their cattle’s as half nomads. The herders and their families live with their cattle together with other Dinka families and forms huge cattle camps that often consists of a couple of 100 people and even more cattle’s. Every morning the animals are released and go away to pasture. In the late afternoon the cattle’s returns back to the camps by them selves. They miss their home and want to be milked. There are always dung fires against flies in the camp so a fine layer of white ash is everywhere and the wind blows curtains of ash all around the place.
Anders started out as a full time photograper in 1998 after studying Sociology and languages in addition to working as a journalist during the 90’s. Since 2000 he has been covering social issues around the world. From Kongo and Benin in Africa to Svalbard in the Arctic north – always with the common man in focus.
His work has been published in most key Scandinavian newspapers and magazines, such as Politiken(DK), Berlingske(DK), Aftenposten(NO), Suomen Kuvalehti(FI), Hufvudstadsbladet(FI), DN(SE), SVD(SE), Aftonbladet(SE), Ordfront(SE), ETC(SE), Focus(SE) among others.