“it is strange for me to consider his efforts as Swedish and yet there is something to the examination of what can only be referred to as the National Camera, implicit in that sentiment are all of the complications of generalizations and archetypes. I am not trying to espouse something concrete, but rather […]
“There is a maturity involved in this process and a willingness to communicate in overly direct means a simple, yet solid message to the viewer” One of the great compulsions towards photographic projects is to overcomplicate the frame and drive of a project through a sometimes compelling narrative that leads an audience through […]
“Not a terrible thing and an atmosphere pervades that favours this compunction towards dead ends-thus life living in the best and worst of times simultaneously. Living our sort of dreaded best life as it were” As I leaf through this book’s accompanying ephemera, press release etc., I start skimming the lines printed within […]
“Self-apathy, self-torment, and a penchant for observations oscillating between peaks and troughs of life’s banes and boons-or what my friend Jeffrey Silverthorne once described as “Swedish grain syndrome”. “The photograph is for nothing”. Truer words are yet to be spoken. Another in a series of Constant Effigies and notorious negations. A child […]
JH Engström – CRASH at Värmlands Museum 8.9 2017 – 7.1 2018
“Upon opening the package a feather and an anvil fell onto my groin. I have carried them since like a pebble in my shoe that I refuse to set aside or extract”
“Finally, a “Eureka Moment”- the image I “took” belongs to Martin Parr, the Godfather of Gaudy. I know this not because I have any of his books or any desire to devote much attention to his work, I know this because I have the Internet”
“Honesty is as transient and fluid as it is integral to the material necessity of its host. We gain, we lose, we ignore and we digress”
Thatcher was out, the false promises of Blair’s lying and callous maw was in. The 80’s and 90’s were different.
“For me photography is an intimate medium. It helps expressing myself but after all, it allows me to be closer to life and people, to look straight into their eyes.” By Karin Bareman, ASX, September 2015 The sun blazing into the frame, the boy lying on the blanket in the grass, the girl showering after […]
Engström looks backwards but forwards too. Tout va bien – Everything is all right.
“I’m still in love with Paris. But then we are not in the beginning of our relationship, so I might look at it with more nuances than before.” JH Engstrom Interview, Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, April 2015 JH Engstrom’s incredible body of work circumnavigates the contemporary tradition of big dumb color photographs of abstracted nothingness for […]