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Gerry Johansson: America so far, 1962 – 2018 10:00
Gerry Johansson: America so far, 1962 – 2018 @ Micamera
Sep 20 @ 10:00 – Oct 19 @ 19:00
Gerry Johansson: America so far, 1962 - 2018 @ Micamera | Milano | Lombardia | Italia
Chicago, 1976 Gerry Johansson America so far, 1962-2018 Micamera, 20 September – 19 October artist talk October 4 _ 7 pm workshop October 5-6 Put on a jazz record, something like Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue with Cannonball Adderley’s alto saxophone, imagine you’re back in the early ’60s. It’s early morning and sitting on a bus from New Jersey to NY there’s a Swedish teenager called Gerry Johansson. This is where our journey starts. It is before the square photographs we know. With Paul Strand’s photographs in his mind, a teenager Gerry Johansson spends his days walking around the big apple. taking pictures. He has joined the Village Camera Club and has brought an enlarger over from Sweden to develop and print everything himself in his darkroom – something he will do and enjoy throughout his whole career, experimenting with different papers to match the content of the image. (He also makes his frames, too, painting them in a slightly different shade of white to match the prints!) But now, let’s start in the ‘60s. Over time, Johansson gets to appreciate particularly the work by Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand, and later William Eggleston and Robert Adams. The States, with its jazz music and its culture will have a great influence on him. He will move back to Sweden but will continue to travel to the United States: Chicago in 1976, a trip from the West Coast to the East Coast in 1983, a journey in the southern states in 1993. And then later, over the years, shooting pictures that will be published in various books. The last one, American Winter, gathering pictures that were made in the mid-western states of the US – Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado – between 2017-2018. For the exhibition in Milan, we have asked the author to start from the beginning and take us through a long journey and present a selection of 32 images shot in the US over a period of almost 60 years. It is an incredible and precious journey that includes different formats and even color images; from the street photographs of the early ’60s to the square landscapes in which the human presence is absent but strongly felt because he photographs the effect people have on their surroundings. As the author says, “Everything I photograph is created by man” Johansson’s photography is largely driven by intuition but then organized with a strict logic and order. He generally avoids creating stories and considers each picture as a single, individual image. This exhibition is a kind of exception, has a certain background jazz sound that is evident in the selection, flowing gently through an exceptional career, freely including different tones, at times sounding like Lee Friedlander or Mark Steinmetz, other times like Robert Adams, and leading to a clear Gerry Johansson style. As Charles Mingus said, “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creative.”   Micamera in Milan, via Merdardo Rosso 19 open Wed-Sat 10am-1pm and 4-7pm The exhibited prints are published in the following books: America Revised (only photography, 2018) American Winter (MACK, 2018) Tyre Choice (Libraryman, 2017) Pontiac (MACK, 2011) Amerika (Johansson & Jansson AB, 1998) + America Special Edition (2009) Amerikabilder 1962-93 (Bildibok, Sweden 1995) Books are available here. To purchase a print, contact Giulia Zorzi: giulia@micamera.com / +39 02 4548 1569 Follow this link for the wokshop.   NY, 1962 Biography Gerry Johansson is a Swedish photographer. He is known for portraying quiet small towns around the world, especially in the US, Sweden and Germany. His main goal is to demonstrate the effect people have on their surroundings and how vast cities change over time. Born in Örebro in 1945 Johansson grew up in Varberg, on the Western coast of the country. Inspired by his father, an amateur photographer, he started making photographs when he was just 11 years old; his first pictures were of the model airplanes he built. Johansson recalls being fascinated by photographs from his father’s time studying in Germany before the war, and also remembers taking pictures, with no film in the camera, around the house with his grandmother’s broken box camera. After finishing a degree in graphic design in 1969, Johansson worked for a photography magazine, then three years later co-founded the publishing house Fyra Förläggare AB, specialising in photography magazines and photobooks which usually featured work by Swedish documentary photographers. This didn’t stop him from making photographs in his spare time though, and throughout his career as a designer and publisher Johansson exhibited in group shows. He self-published his first book, Fotografier, in 1980 and two years later he had his first solo exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, which now holds over 40 of his photographs in its permanent collection. In 1985 Johansson left his publishing company to work independently, and also published his second book, Halland, which was shot exclusively in Halland country, Sweden. Since then, he has produced photobooks dedicated to several other regions in his homeland, as well as in Germany, Japan, Mongolia, and Antarctica. He has released over 30 books. This is his second exhibition at Micamera after ‘Deutschland’ in 2012. His website here   Pontiac, 2010        
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BLOW UP PRESS, when the story matters 10:00
BLOW UP PRESS, when the story matters @ Micamera
Sep 25 @ 10:00 – Sep 26 @ 21:30
BLOW UP PRESS, when the story matters @ Micamera | Milano | Lombardia | Italia
  BLOW UP PRESS: WHEN THE STORY MATTERS Aneta Kowalczyk, Grzegorz Kosmala + Lorenzo Castore September 25 talk and booksigning / with Lorenzo Castore and Francesco M. Cataluccio at FM September 26 portfolio reviews, book presentation, market / at Micamera When Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala  founded BLOW UP PRESS in Warsaw in July 2012 it had nothing to do with books. It was a typical online content publisher with two e-magazines: doc! photo magazine – a monthly devoted to contemporary documentary photography, and contra doc! – a quarterly presenting fine art photography. Two magazines that later merged and switched to paper. The motivation leading them to fund BLOW UP PRESS was passion, the desire of sharing good photography with other people, of helping photographers reaching new audiences (on this regard, they have a very interesting project scheduled for 2020 dealing with photographers looking for a publisher for their first book, check it out in Milan!)     So, this is how they started. The first monograph in late 2017 paved their way to international acclaim. A woman, a renowned Polish photojournalist called Agata Grzybowska is the author of 9 Gates of No Return – a book dealing with the reasons that led some persons to give up the city and settle in the woods of the mountains on south-east Poland. The Polish edition of the book was sold out in one month and won two Best Photographic Publication of the Year awards. Of course this was a huge motivation for the publishers, who started working on more projects and indeed, more books followed soon, contributing to a catalogue that deals with deep, intimate issues of human being: (sexual), identity, transformation, loss, love, addiction.

 BLOW UP PRESS’ first priority is content. As they say, the story is what matters.  The object-book, carefully designed, arrives in small, precious print runs. Aneta and Grzegorz like their voice to be strong: they prefer not to work with dummies and want to see the largest possible amount of images, going through the whole editing process with the author and then working on the design together – in some cases photographers were completely excluded from the designing process.     Aneta and Grzegorz will be in Milan for two days just after Unseen Amsterdam festival, where they will launch their newest publication Over.State by Ilias Georgiadis, which will then be available in Milan at Micamera (the first bookstore to have it!) * On Wednesday, September 25 at 6.30pm they will be at Frigoriferi Milanesi with Lorenzo Castore and Francesco M. Cataluccio to present the book LAND. Released in 2019, LAND is a story about a place – Gliwice, in Polish Silesia – and the people belonging to it. With its cinematic structure, LAND is a summary of the author’s wanderings, a photographic diary. Castore first came to this place in the late 1990s, looking for a new way to express his emotions. Enchanted by the people he met on his way, he returned to this side in nearly 20 years. The booksigning will follow after the talk.
 (book your signed copy here!)   *On Thursday, September 26 they will be at Micamera. In the afternoon, from 2.30 to 6.30,  they will be available for portfolio reviews. A wonderful opportunity to get a feedback on your work and submit it to a publisher. At 7pm, Aneta Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kosmala will give an open and free talk. They will tell us about the imprint, the upcoming projects and will answer questions. Portfolio reviews are upon reservation and payment: 40€ (+VAT) for a 30-minute-long meeting during which you will be able to present one project you consider to be completed or ready for the book;
 80€ (+VAT) for more than one project (one hour time) Email giulia@micamera.com or call +39 02 45481569 to reserve a spot All books will be available for purchase (also on line here)     Aneta Kowalczyk based in Warsaw (Poland) | graphic designer and photo-editor | runs her own design studio (since 2010) | artistic director of BLOW UP PRESS (since 2012) | designer of many internationally awarded photo books, including 9 Gates of No Return by Agata Grzybowska, Death Landscapes by Hubert Humka, and Deceitful Reverence di Igor Pisuk | awarded with the Bronze Prize in the Magazine Visual Editor of the Year category in the 75th edition of the Pictures of the Year International competition for doc! photo magazine 
Grzegorz Kosmala based in Warsaw (Poland) | founder and CEO of BLOW UP PRESS | editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine, publisher of photo books | originator of DEBUTS, a platform promoting emerging photographers | juror in international photo contests, including Siena International Photography Awards, Gomma Photography Grant, Urban Photo Awards and Poznań Photo Diploma | graduated from the Media Management and International Relations and Diplomacy faculties at the Nowy Sącz School of Business (Poland).   We thank the Polish Cultural Institute for their support          
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