Gerry JOHANSSON

American Winter, Special ed. with Print!


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"Since the early eighties, Gerry JOHANSSON has made quiet pictures of quiet places, often lying in the shadows of industrial decline. For the photo book 'American Winter', JOHANSSON travelled through semi-deserted towns in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, finding as much beauty as there was misery in landscapes cloaked in snow: an isolated church floating in a mottled sea of white; leafless trees lining endless highways leading to nothing; long shadows cast on vernacular architecture in the season’s merciless sun.

In JOHANSSON's photographs time appears to stand still: neighbourhoods that once possessed the allure of Art Deco architecture, or the glory of bustling Main Streets, are now home to abandoned school buildings and cars parked decades ago. JOHANSSON's ascetic framing and sensitivity to light lends itself to the scenery and the sense of hopelessness evoked by these neglected places." (publisher's note)

About the photographer, Gerry JOHANSSON (b. 1945):
Gerry JOHANSSON is a Swedish photographer who developed an interest in photography during his teen years and moved to New York in the early 1960s. He later studied graphic design at Konstindustriskolan (today the School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg), working in graphic design for fifteen years.
Since the mid-1980s JOHANSSON has worked as a freelance photographer. His first solo exhibition was at the Fotografiska Museet at the Moderna Museet, 1982.

'Supplement: Deutschland' is the final book in the series of geographically focused publications starting with
'Amerika' (1998),
'Sverige' (2005),
'Kvidinge' (2007),
'Ulan Bator' (2009) and
'Pontiac' (2011),
'Deutschland' (2012),
'Antarktis' (2014),
'Ravenna' (2016) and
'Tokio' (2016).

Special Edition zur Trade Edition. Im Unterschied zur Handelsausgabe kommt die Vorzugsausgabe mit einem Silber-Gelatin-Print; Buch und Print sind in einer Box.

"Seit den frühen 1980er Jahren hat Gerry JOHANSSON stille Bilder von ruhigen Orten gemacht, die oft im Schatten des industriellen Niedergangs liegen.
Für das Fotobuch 'American Winter' reiste JOHANSSON durch halb leere Städte in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming und Colorado und fand dabei in verschneiten Landschaften so viel Schönheit wie Elend: eine vereinzelte Kirche, die in einem gesprenkelten Meer von Weiß schwebte, kahle Bäume, die endlose, zu nichts neigende Autobahnen säumten, lange Schatten auf die Volksarchitektur gnadenlose Sonne der Jahreszeit.

In JOHANSSONs Fotografien scheint die Zeit stehen geblieben zu sein: Viertel, die einst den Charme der Art-Deco-Architektur oder den Ruhm der geschäftigen Mainstreets besaßen, beherbergen heute verlassene Schulgebäude und vor Jahrzehnten parkende Autos.
JOHANSSONs asketische Einfassung und seine Lichtempfindlichkeit eignen sich für die Szenerie und das Gefühl der Hoffnungslosigkeit, die diese vernachlässigten Orte hervorrufen." (freie Übersetzung des Verlagstextes)