AIPAD 2016

The AIPAD Photography Show New York is held in Manhattan’s Upper East Side at the Park Avenue Armory. More than 80 of the world’s leading photography art galleries are exhibiting.

We are showing vintage prints by Christer Strömholm and Dawid plus unique contemporary collages by Henrik Strömberg.

Christer Strömholm,
the doyen of modern Swedish photography and certainly its most influential figure, has influenced generations with his work. He occupies a central position in international photography history and his work has in no small measure contributed to the establishment of photography as an independent art form. Strömholm knew how to capture the character of an individual in his or her persona, however briefly the latter was revealed.
The series in which this succeeded perhaps most impressively is that of his images of Place Blanche in the red light district of Pigalle in Paris, where he began to photograph transvestites and transsexuals in the mid-1950´s. For six years he kept returning and taking photos that indicate a great respect, intimacy and growing familiarity: not a voyeuristic gaze, rather an interest in the figure opposite, whose role play Strömholm also used to question his own viewing practice. “They were questioning their own identity and that was the starting point for my work”. (Christer Strömholm)

To AIPAD we are bringing very rare vintage prints mounted on isorel/masonite from Strömholm´s debute exhibition in 1965, also exhibited at Pace/MacGill in New York 2016.

Christer Strömholm’s (1918-2002) photos have appeared in many published books and been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He is also represented in many international collections. He has received a number of awards, including The Hasselblad Award in 1997.

One of Sweden’s most respected and well known photobased artists, whose work often balances on a tight rope between the graphic and the photographic. Just as he has always done, he is still experimenting with different techniques and equipment, new and old, ancient and modern – a photographic alchemist, intellectual and scientist. He constantly finds new angles to look at ordinary and extraordinary objects around us. His photographs simultaneously pay tribute to, and question, their given form. Photography is everything from authenticity to symbolic illusion – both reality and imitation at the same time.
Ray is one of Dawid’s most mysterious and intriguing series of work. The artist himself gives no clues to which technique he has used. It looks like x-ray photographs, but is it? Could that be an animal, or a shadow of some other unidentified organic object floating dreamlike in an endless space? The lack of information fuels the fantasy and causes hidden thoughts – or ghosts – to emerge from the onlookers own conscience.

Dawid (Björn Dawidsson) was born 1949 in Sweden and recently exhibited a Pace/MacGill in New York together with Sugimoto and Harry Callahan.

Henrik Strömberg (image)
The series Parts from places, 2011, were made from found fragmented topographic maps and photographic negatives.
By piecing together the different parts of the maps approximate locations were unveiled and possible to locate. Henrik Strömberg went on several walks to these locations making photographic record of the journeys in and around the specific places. Rather than presenting a photographic documentation of the journeys and places, the resulting large format negatives were cut up and collaged together with the different fragments of the maps to again obscure their origin and function. The idea of the map and the photograph, as exact mediums to describe the outside world, transforms into camouflage of their own form.

Henrik Strömberg was born 1970 in Sweden, he lives and works in Berlin, Germany.