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Revoir

JH Engström

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limited edition of 600 copies / stamp-signed /numbered

In 2004, I made the book Trying to Dance, designed by Patric Leo and published by Journal. Since then, it has lived a life of its own, just as books should do.

For me, Trying to Dance is more than a book – the photographs on which it was based constitute an image universe of its own. Photography then had a liberating effect on me as a visual artist. I lived mostly in New York, but also in Värmland, and travelled a lot in the United States and Europe. Mentally, I was in between worlds, between realities, between the urban and the rural. This was also a period when I questioned and doubted the importance and relevance of photography for me – actually. The freedom I so strongly experienced in the process of making Trying to Dance, largely answered my doubts and became a compass for my continued creativity.

To start with, I was not at all certain when Gösta Flemming at Journal, Patric Leo and Christian Caujolle, suggested going back to the Trying to Dance negatives. But when I started looking through the files – so many images, so many that were not used in Trying to Dance, and so many new combinations that hit me; it was then that I decided that we should publish Revoir.

Revoir is a completely new book, a revision, a revisit to that period between the mid-90s and the early 2000s. The book has been made in close and enjoyable collaboration with all the people that I worked with on Trying to Dance. Around two thirds of the photographs have not been published before. For the first time I have scanned the negatives, together with Ewa-Teréz Gölin, and allowed the present to guide me in the printing for Revoir.

Book Size
285 x 234 x 28 mm
Pages
244 pages
Language
English,French、Japanese
Printing
hardcover/comes in a slipcase
Publication Date
2016
Publisher
Akio Nagasawa Publishing

JH Engström

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Born in 1969 in Karlstad, Sweden.
Lives and works between Smedsby, Värmland and Paris.
In 1997 he graduated from the Photography and Film department at Gothenburg University. Engstrom has shown work internationally in many exhibitions. JH Engström is also an inveterate bookmaker. Revoir is his 15th monograph. Many of his books has won awards and prizes. Among them Trying to Dance which was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Prize 2005, From Back Home (together with Anders Petersen) was awarded ”The photo book award 2009” at the International Arles Photo festival. His book La Residence was awarded ”Goldene Letter 2012” by the Deutsche Buch Stiftung. 2015 his book Tout va Bien won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

JH Engström is represented by Galerie Jean Kenta Gauthier in Paris

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