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Photopaper 16
Jan Stenmark

Photopaper 16_Jan Stenmark

Photopaper 16_Jan StenmarkPhotopaper
Issue 16
Welcome to Stenmarkland
Jan Stenmark
Kasseler Fotografie Festival

Nominated by Gösta Flemming.


16 Pages
210 x 290 mm
ISBN Not Available


Humoristic, satirical, striking, at times rude and incomprehensible. Jan Stenmark’s chamber dramas in the form of photo collages and commenting texts mostly refer to his childhood and teen years in the 1950s and 60s. In Sweden Jan Stenmark has published 17 books and numerous prints and calendars. Abroad he is less known. Why collage? Influenced by the Surrealists, Jan Stenmark began with painting. The fact that he had never sketched to reproduce reality realistically became apparent in art school when he had to do croquis. He just couldn’t get it right. In time, hoever, he became skilled at drawing, but still showed no interest in reality – he intended his images to be of something that didn’t exist. Through photo collage, he can include it all in the picture – not just what is obviously visible to the naked eye.- Gösta Flemming

About the Artist
Jan Stenmark was born 1949 in Norrköping and lives and works in Stockholm. He studied at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm 1975-79.

About the Journal
PHOTOPAPER is a new kind of monographic photo publication with a continuously changing editorial team of international experts. These guest editors name photographers or photographic projects which they would like to present to an international public. PHOTOPAPER features this work in single monographic issues of 16 or 32 pages. The main idea is to make high-quality printed photographic work accessible to as many people as possible by producing the final publication at a reasonable price. Therefore, the production process is reduced to a minimum while at the same time using high-end printing technology and a nice paper. Published on a quarterly basis.

About the Publisher
The Fotobookfestival Kassel is a charitable foundation that has been engaged with the artistic medium of the photobook and has presented it in all its facets, since 2008, in a festival program of international standing. The annual festival shows works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, designers, printers, curators and booksellers on an international platform. It was the first festival of its kind dedicated to the photographic book and has founded two novel book awards: The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD for the best photobook mock-up of the year has awarded emerging talents a complete photobook-production since 2010; the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD assembles the best photobooks of the previous year nominated by international experts in the field. Books entered for both awards are showcased regularly in travelling exhibitions at international festivals and photography events. These two awards are unique in their formats and have been role models for other international festivals and events.

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