About the Swedish photographer, JH ENGSTRÖM (b. 1969, in Karlstad)

After assisting Mario TESTINO in Paris and Anders PETERSEN in Stockholm, he received his formal education from the Photography and Film department at Gothenburg University, Sweden, graduating in 1997 before moving to New York between 1998 and 2000 where he spent time at Robert FRANK’s studio.
JH ENGSTRÖM’s practice is based on the bypass of all rules and advocates great freedom of style. Feeling at ease with the instantaneous as much as with the staged frame, a virtuoso of the black and white and of color, he masters the accident and toys with techniques to question photography itself.  In the years 2000-2010, his forms of representations evolved to combine various means including installation, video, books and writing as a way to abolish hierarchies between the images and introduce an ethereal lyricism into his work. An intuitive approach that conceals a very personal reading of the world in which the autobiographical exploration is central. JH ENGSTRÖM demonstrates that all things carry vital energy within, that solitude and empathy, feelings of safety or on the contrary, vulnerability, are experienced every day. Hence, each portrait or self-portrait, still life or landscape, holds a sum of recollections and constitutes an intimate, visual and poetic journal that addresses each and every one. In 2012, JH ENGSTRÖM and Margot WALLARD established Atelier Smedsby, a one-year workshop with three week-end sessions allowing participants to exchange with the two artists about their photographic work. . He was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2005. JH ENGSTRÖM lives and works between Paris and Smedsby (Värmland, Sweden).

Photo books by JH ENGSTRÖM

'Shelter / Härbärge' (1997); 'Trying to Dance' (2003); 'Haunts' (2006); 'Karin Mamma Andersson' (2007); 'CDG / JHE' (2008); 'Sketch of Home' (2008); 'From Back Home' (2009, with Anders PETERSEN); 'La Residence' (2010); 'Foreign Affair' (2011, with Margot WALLARD); '7 days, ATHENS, November, 2011' (2012, with Margot WALLARD); 'Sketch of Paris' (2013); 'Langt Fran Stockholm' (2013); 'Ende und Anfang' (2014); 'Karaoke Sunne' (2014, with Margot WALLARD); 'Tout va bien' (2015); 'October 2016: Fear of Leaving' (2016); 'Revoir' (2016); 'Crash' (2017); 'Day by Day' (2020)


In 'Conversations', Rémi Coignet explores in interviews the question of what role the photo book plays in the work of photographers, designers & publishers and how their titles are conceived. Two more volumes with interviews have been published until now.
from 29,50 € Weight 0.3 kg
This book, 'Sketch of Paris' by JH ENGSTRÖM, presents his very personal view of Paris, with about 250 photographs taken between 1991 and 2012 - a lyrical account of misadventures, affairs and chance encounters in the streets, bars as well as artist lofts.
78,00 € *
HC with dust jacket, 24 x 31,5 cm., 128 pp., color ills., text language: English
0,00 € *
HC, 20 x 25 cm., 128 pp., English or French cover text (no more text inside)
54,00 € *
Book with DVD. In this film, 'À propos d'Anders Petersen', JH ENGSTROEM questions turbulences and human doubts of a photographer. For this he examines the methods of his mentor Anders PETERSEN, actions as well as his behavior during the creative process.
19,80 € Weight 0.2 kg
A real must-have for those interested in photo books. In more than 70 interviews, specialist author Rémi Coignet investigates the role of the photo book in the work of photographers, designers and publishers and how their photo books are designed.
from 75,00 €
'CDG' by JH ENGSTRÖM documents an intense involvement with Charles De Gaulle Airport. It was the first place he got to know as a 10-year-old when his parents moved to Paris. Since then, he has maintained a very special relationship with this place.
from 28,00 € Weight 1.1 kg
'Haunts' can be seen as part two of a trilogy that started with 'Trying to Dance'. Central for JH ENGSTRÖM's photographs is the strong feeling of being in an endless presence. The confrontation between 'Now' and the photographer's memories is inevitable.
38,00 € * Weight 1.7 kg
HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 22,5 x 28 x 3 cm., 244 pp., 174 ills., trilingual: French / English / Swedish
55,00 € *
'La Résidence' by JH ENGSTROEM, consists of 29 snapshot-like triptychs interspersed with his typically restrained images on borderless double-page spreads and brief diary commentary. JH intends to make the absurdity of human existence profoundly tangible.
120,00 € Weight 0.8 kg