“The best milieu for me is one where it is almost entirely impossible to photograph, where you kind of have to make something out of nothing”
- Gunnar Smoliansky
This is the first time the work of the Swedish fine art photographer Gunnar Smoliansky is exhibited in Norway. The solo show includes vintage prints as well as more recent works by one of the defining voices of Swedish fine art photography.
For more than half a century Smoliansky has obsessively photographed his homeland. The exhibition presents a selection of his work dating from the 50s to present day. Very quiet and yet intense, Smoliansky’s images always seem able to capture a feeling of something that is just about to happen: a kiss, a shadow in the snow, a reflection in the window. There is a latent suspension hiding beneath the surface of each photograph, transmitting an almost cinematic atmosphere - inviting us to guess the tales hiding behind each photograph. Each picture has its own unique story and time, yet exhibited all together, the work delivers a fresh narrative mixing portraits, street shots and abstract figures. Smoliansky’s work is particularly impressive in the way he carefully photographs ordinary elements of his everyday life and reveals the extraordinary parts of them, much as the ‘flâneur’ wandering the streets looking for a striking detail.
Gunnar Smoliansky was born in 1933 in Visby, on the island of Gotland and has devoted himself to photography since the early 1950s. He has been an independent artist since the 1970s, working almost exclusively with the photographic image. His oeuvre is quite unique, and refers to, but also has found its own place in photohistory.Tweet