“It’s brilliant to be yourself”
Everybody that knows me know that I want a world full of color – and that I don’t always agree with black & white photos.
Tuesday was it time for my monthly date with Iris and she suggested that we should go and visit the exhibition, “Post Scriptum”, work by our world famous photographer Christer Strömholm, I was all up for it even if his art is in black & white. Held at Dunkers kulturhus in Helsingborg, 10 min train journey from Landskrona.
“Imagination is more important than reality”
First we had a fantastic lunch at a small restaurant just across from the exhibition – Inom. We both had poached salmon with fresh asparagus and new potatoes with sauce vert. Fantastic dish, with that we had some salad and freshly home baked bread. Coffee afterward and we were all fit for walking around for a couple of hours.
So soon I came into the exhibition I’m stunned by his art.
“Notice the invisible.”
Christer have said many great things through his life and … his sentences – he wrote them down small envelops every day with his Mont Blanc fountain pen – then he separate them into 32 different categories once per week. It was his diary.
He has published a book – KLOKA ORD (Wise Words) – with 101 of his quotes.
He signature and watermark: only 3 letters, CHR, together with his thumb print. He was a very headstrong, stubborn and humble man.
He said that he doesn’t make photos – he made images. He also said that we can’t make images of life if we don’t take part of it ourselves.
“Christer was born in 1918 in Stockholm and he died in Stockholm, 2002. In 1993 was appointed Strömholm professor of photography, and in 1997 he received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award.
He is known for his intimate black and white portrait series in a style reminiscent of street photography, and who often have surrealist undertones. Especially famous was his portrayals of transgender women in 1950s Paris.
“Reality is not art”
He began early giving photography courses at Kursverksamheten in Stockholm in 1962 which would develop into the much talked Photo School, also called Christer Strömsholms photography school, where he was principal between 1962 and 1972. During these years, graduated about 1200 students.
“Believing isn’t seeing”
He participated in several wars as a volunteer soldier in the late ’30s and early ’40s, including in Spain, Finland and Norway. For operations in Norway he was decorated with the Military Cross at the Norwegian embassy in 1945.” (text; sv.wikipedia.org)
Married 4 times, 2 sons and many mistresses … and he had fantastic relationships to and with all his women so long as he lived. In the small French mountain village of Fox-Amphoux did Christer found his “home” in the 50s. Every Saturday did Christer reshuffle his bedroom and his explanation were – that it is not possible after all to sleep in the same place all the time. * smile
“Curiosity gives you many strange bed partners.”
He often took selfies – and he have said that if we can’t see ourselves in through the camera and see what we really look like and how we change – all about acceptance of ourselves. I have loads to learn here. It makes so much sense.
“It’s them that get lost,
who finds new paths”
There was also showing a documentary with Christer being interviewed by his son Joakim (also a photographer and producer of the documentary); about his work, his views, his women and his life … “Blunda och Se” (Close your eyes and see) from 1993. A fascinating film; very honest and sincere, but full of humor.
I have said so many times that a black & white image can go flat, but there are nothing flat about Christer’s work.
After watching the film was it coffee time, before saying goodbye and returning home – walked along the quay back to the station – and now it’s only to wait and see where April takes us.
All quotes used in this post are by Christer Strömholm’s and all photos are mine, except the signature with the thumb print and the portrait of Christer, that both have been borrowed from his official website; CHR – Christer Strömholm, a photographer (Swedish/English).
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Images provided by and thanks to; stromholm.com