Selected works by JH Engström

JH Engström
Nude 1

2005

C-print

125 x 90 cm
JH Engström’s naked subjects are relaxed, seemingly at ease with themselves and the gaze of others. If, on the one hand, the pictures have no erotic charge (it might be fairer to say that they don’t follow the conventions of photographic titillation), on the other hand, there is nothing clinical about them; the casual framing and background hints of domesticity counter that. Nakedness is presented simply as a natural state. Engström, I think, identifies personally with the ’nakedness’ of his subjects.
JH Engström
Nude 2

2005

C-print

125 x 90 cm
His photography is about vulnerability and exposure, and it is as much about his own.
JH Engström
Nude 3

2005

C-print

125 x 90 cm
His ’nudes’ are in this sense self-portraits. On the occasion of his book Trying to Dance (2004), from which the pictures in Out of Focus were taken, the photographer admitted to "...always looking for presence.
JH Engström
Nude 4

2005

C-print

90 x 125 cm
Whenever I try, my doubts get unmasked." The work is therefore autobiographical. And as he puts a feeling of loneliness high on the list of his sensibilities, he has come up with a strategy that heightens the mood; he distances the viewer from himself and from his world (i.e., you will feel my loneliness, too) by a purposefully imperfect technique.
JH Engström
Untitled

2005

C-print

90 x 125 cm

Prints seem muddy, or faded, or the colour balance seems off. This washed-out patina makes the photographs look indeterminately old – were they taken ten years ago, twenty? I think reviewer Martin Jaeggi has it right when, speaking of Engström’s pictures, he has "the impression of looking at memories”.

Text by William A Ewing


Other Resources

jhengstrom.com
JH Engstrom's website.

guardian.co.uk
Shortlist for Deutsche Börse photography Prize.

channel4.com
Trying to Dance
Trying to Dance confidently and imaginatively blends self-portraits and portraits of friends, interiors and evocative landscapes. Engström builds his pictorial momentum through mixing lyrical colour imagery with graphic, distressed, black and white photography.

bbc.co.uk
From the series Trying to Dance 1998-2002
A selection of images from the series Trying to Dance by JH Engstrom

bjphoto.co.uk
JH Engstrom
Luc Delahaye, Stephen Shore, JH Engstrom and Jorg Sasse will be battling it out at The Photographers' Gallery this summer for the inaugural £30,000 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2005.

opinion.telegraph.co.uk
JH Engstrom
JH Engström is nominated for his book Trying to Dance (published by Journal), a form of visual autobiography from 1990 onwards based on his experiences, friendships, places known, spaces occupied and intimate relationships. Male and female nudes are a chosen subject, portrayed with tenderness. An atmosphere of trust pervades the compositions, free of any smack of -intrusion.

observer.guardian.co.uk
JH Engstrom
Swede JH Engstrom has been nominated for his book Trying to Dance, a collection of self-portraits, landscapes, interiors and nudes. Much of his work is characterised by a kind of haze in each picture - whether it be of an unmade bed in a shabby Brooklyn apartment, or a nude of one of his friends.

artnet.com
Additional information and images.

artfacts.net
Additional information and images.