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Trying to Dance
JH Engström

Trying to Dance
JH Engström
English, Swedish


144 pages
239 x 305 mm
ISBN 9197418269



JH Engström’s Trying To Dance series comprises a photojournalistic ‘diary’ of his life: landscapes, still-lives, self-portraits, and snapshots of friends become loosely narrative documents, recording not only the artist’s individual experiences, but a sensitive and provocative engagement with the world at large. Using photography’s ability to capture the fleeting essence of a moment, Engström transfers specific time and place to the unfixed reference of memory. Engström’s work was featured in Issue # 190 of Aperture Magazine, and first published in book form by the Swedish publisher Journal.


About the Artist
JH Engström was born in Karlstad in 1969. He is a Swedish photographer and video artist, living and working between Paris and Smedsby (Värmland, Sweden). Engström first grew up in the remote province of Värmland in central Sweden until the family moved to Paris when he was 10 years old. An overwhelming change that prompted him early on to look at his own existence, forging a vision rooted in these contrasting living environments opposing the slow-time energy of the Swedish countryside to the exaltation of Parisian life. In 1993, he settled in Stockholm where he shared the lab with Anders Petersen, a leading figure with a determinant influence in the expressive dimension of his work. He applied these precepts at the Gothenburg University school of photography until 1997 before moving to New York between 1998 and 2000 where he spent time at Robert Frank’s studio.

About the Publisher

Journal was founded by Gösta Flemming in 1991 in Sweden with an aim to publish photobooks.

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