GUNNAR SMOLIANSKY

Photographer

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© 1616 Prod

2013 Guest of the Planche(s) Contact Festival

Gunnar Smoliansky works in black and white, always on small formats which he prints himself. In a humanist approach, and as a tireless walker, he constantly wanders cities such as Stockholm, or the places of his childhood. His work is a singular, sober, sometimes intimate, and often surreal. In Deauville, as in other places, he wandered the streets finding the small details that escape us, playing with shadows, the light, and the physical presence of inhabitants and tourists. He photographed Deauville like in the 1950s.

Gunnar Smoliansky is Swedish. He was born in 1933; he became a photographer at the beginning of the 1950s. In his early career, he attended the evening classes of Christer Strömsholm (one of the greatest Swedish photographers) of whom he became the assistant. After spending some time in Brazil, he worked as an industrial photographer.

He created a photography agency (Bildhuset) and a publishing house (Dog photo publishing), he became a legend of Scandinavian photography and the “protector” of a new generation of photographers. The Hasselbad Center dedicated him an important retrospective in 2008 with a book entitled One Picture at a Time. His work is unique, yet often referencing the history of photography.

Represented by the GUN gallery (Stockholm) : www.gungallery.se