Swedish photographer Jan Henrik Engström
is one of the reasons contemporary Scandinavian photography is
acknowledged worldwide. If you were already aware of that, you probably
know him better as 'JH' and came across him some time after his widely
acclaimed 2004 photo book, Trying to Dance.
Since that was released, he's had praise heaped upon him from people
like Robert Frank, won prizes all over the place, released a bunch more photo books, and collaborated with people like Anders Petersen and his partner, Margot Wallard.
JH's forthcoming book, Ende und Anfang, is coming out this October on André Frère Éditions, and is made up of photographs he took at the end of the 20th century while traveling around Europe and the US.VICE: Hey, Jan. You'll soon have released a total of 15 books—why so many?JH Engström:
A book is the ultimate photographic
expression. Photography in painting, sculpture, or installations lose so
much, and all you get is a poor reproduction. A photography book in
high-quality print does the photograph 100 percent justice. As such, the
photo book is what interests me, as opposed to catalogs with
photographic art. It's an important component of the expression. What
can be expressed in a book is often more interesting and complex than,
for example, a photographic work hanging on a wall. A good photo book
also implies a dimension of forward movement.
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