22 July 2008
I went to see the exhibition "Christer Strömholm 1918 - 2002 ON VERRA BIEN" late summer 2002 in Färgfabriken, Stockholm. It was a very strong experience to see Strömholm's work put together so brilliantly by his sons Joakim & Jakob in dialouge with Jan Åman director, Färgfabriken. The book from the exhibition is a treasure.
Christer Strömholm work has been labelled "subjective photography" and even "social realism". In an article called "Christer Strömholm and First-Person Surrealism" Anders Marner suggests an alernative angle of interpretation linking his work to the Surrealist aesthetic. You will find the article (in English) on Strömholm's official homepage along with many great photographs and texts.
The picture above from a cemetery in Montmartre, Paris was one of those I could not get out of my mind after seeing ON VERRA BIEN. It is so simple, still it holds an eternity. Strömholm sometimes spoke of the power of the indivual image and his statement in the interview shows that he was not making plans or projects with his photography. He said that "pictures are created in the photographer's head". Peder Alton writes in an aticle called "Long nights in Ploggatan"; "He had no comprehensive photographic plan. He was an itinerant photograher who allowed his subjects to come to him, like unexpected apparitions."
It happened somehow I found myself in a dance happening of Urban Dialogue. A creative laboratory open to performers who wanted to explore relationships between body and city. Part of an international project from Bucharest, Cosmin Manolescu met Aline Nari in Genova to perform. Among many other dancers, talented Gaia Chernetich of UBIdanza stood out for her body language and attracted me.
Walking through a gallery and coming into a closed wide space, the dancers have people participate in their experiment. A short expression of feelings and life.
A real success in communication.
Photos and text by Paolo Saccheri