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Shoot # 45

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Lund, February 21, 2016
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Dear friends

Welcome to shoot # 45

Yes, this is a photograph – Abstract # 9D, 2015 – and it’s a digital gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good Sunday and ‘weekbegin’.
A special welcome to new subscribers and friends on social media. Here is the preceding shoot and In Memoriam for my friend and mentor Viggo Rivad.

It’s a Photolution
“No other art form is going through so big and fast changes as is photography. We are witnesses to a photographic revolution, a “photolution”.
In this article I give you an overview of its elements, compare with other art trends and outline what this super-dynamic development might mean for the future.

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Welcome to my studio
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A good ‘weekbegin’ to you! And remember that the arts help keep us human…

My best
Jan Oberg

It’s a photolution…

No other art form is going through so big and fast changes as is photography. We are witnesses to a photographic revolution, a “photolution”.

 

What is it?

It has many element coming together in synergy. Here are some:

• The smartphones, their ever smaller and lighter equipment with ever more imprssive camera performance. It belongs to the past that, say, iPhone photos had to be low quality. True you can’t do with them what you can with a ‘real’ camera, a digital SLR, but you get super quality pictures with which you can do other things such as using:

Apps small and cheap tools helping you to do hitherto unimaginable things when taking and processing a shot. That you can’t do – yet – with a digital SLR, although I guess we shall soon get apps for them too – like you can now get extensions and accessories including lenses for the iPhone that make it come even closer to the DSLR.

• We can carry them with us permanently – “the best camera is the one you carry with you” and not the one you left at home, too bulky, heavy, expensive and thus risky to take along.

But of course the smartphone revolution is only one sub-revolution of the larger photolusion. Whether you use this or that type of digital camera, you become part of the very dynamic changes caused by:

Digitalisation – the end of expensive films and darkroom processing. Digital formats are free and can be processed in millions of ways – even to the point where the original shot is hard to identify.

Photoshopping – the immense possibilities embedded in that super complex software that makes your old darkroom look like a thing of the stone-age. While you can’t make a bad image better in Photoshop you can certain make a good one better – or turn it into something completely different such as a piece of abstract art, but still photography- based.

We increasingly live in an age of images and communicate through images. still or video. It is very true that one image can say more than a thousand words – not because texts are not important or effective as means of communication or because they can not give more vivid information and details but because people, grosso modo and sadly so – don’t seem to think that they have the time to read but do take time to see.

The latter is often quite superficial, however, as any gallery owner or museum guard will tell you. Research done at art museums reveals that the average time people spend in front of an art work is 15-30 seconds.

Social media and globalisation and Continue reading

In Memoriam Viggo Rivad 1922-2016 (in English)

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Viggo Rivad – born July 3, 1922, died February 8, 2016

By Jan Oberg

Viggo Rivad, grand old man of Danish photography, exhibited for the first time in 1946 and has been influential in his field over almost 7 decades.

He has given Denmark a lot of classical photo series like A Goodbye, Lauritz, Koefod’s School and B&W Teglholmen, several photo books from around the world, public art installations such as at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport and the Danish Railways (DSB); 40,000 negatives donated to the Royal National Library and collections of photos at the Museum of Photographic Art in Odense. His retrospective exhibition there in 2012 counted 180 master works.

Rivad’s official homepageis here.

Rivad was what I would call a humanist photographer or people photographer.

With deep respect for his subjects he gave dignity to the under-privileged, the old and the marginalised people. He would get to know them before he pulled out his camera, even moved in with them and made friends like he did at Kofoed’s School (a centre for people without work, vulnerable citizens and others at the bottom of society) and the occupiers’ movement (BZ) in the 1970s.

He was the photographic story-teller par exellence – and great at talking about his works, their background, his intentions and how he’d created them.

But he wasn’t interested in talking about himself. Modesty is a catchword of high relevance to describe Viggo Rivad – who never wanted to earn his living by photography but served as a taxi driver for decades in Copenhagen, the city he was born in, lived in all his life, photographed and loved. A bit like Saul Leiter. Continue reading

In Memoriam Viggo Rivad 1922 – 2016 (in Danish)

Rivad med et selvportræt, fotograferet i marts 2015 © Jan Øberg

Rivad med et selvportræt, fotograferet i marts 2015 © Jan Øberg

Viggo Rivad
Født 3. juli 1922, død 8. februar 2016

Af Jan Øberg

Viggo Rivad, grand old man i dansk fotografi, debuterede i 1946 og prægede området i næsten 70 år.

Han har givet Danmark en mængde klassiske billedserier som Et Farvel, Lauritz, Kofoeds Skole ogB & W Teglholmen, et antal fotobøger fra den store verden, udsmykninger for DSB og Kastrup Lufthavn, 40.000 negativer på Det kongelige Bibliotek og en samling på Fotomuseet i Odense. Hans retrospektive udstilling dér i 2012 talte 180 værker. 

Rivad var menneskefotograf. I dyb respekt for sine subjekter løftede han de underpriviligerede, gamle og marginaliserede op til værdighed. Han lærte dem at kende før han tog kameraet frem, – ja han flyttede endog ind hos dem som på Kofoeds Skole og hos BZerne.

Han var den fotografiske fortæller par excellence – og en fremragende fortæller om sine billeder. Kun sjældent om sig selv. Beskedenhed er et nøgleord for Rivad, der ikke ville leve af sin kunst men tjente sit levebrød som taxachauffør i det København han boede i hele livet, elskede og fotograferede. Continue reading

Shoot # 44

 

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Viggo Rivad 2009  © Jan Oberg

Lund, February 14, 2016
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Hi dear friend

Welcome to shoot # 44

– a digital photo gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good ‘weekbegin’. A special welcome to new subscribers, connections, likers and friends on social media. Here is the preceding shoot.

Viggo Rivad 1922-2016
I usually wish you a good weekend, but this week I’m late because the grand old man of Danish photography, Viggo Rivad, who was also my photo mentor just passed away at the age of 93.

He was a pioneer in more than one sense and although little known outside Denmark, Rivad was beyond doubt in the class of artists like Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. And living quite withdrawn and modestly in the city that he loved. A bit like Saul Leiter.

Rivad did not want his art to be money-driven. He earned his living most of his time as a taxi driver in Copenhagen.

We met in 1983 during a visit to China and I learned more from him than words can tell – everything photography, people and art but not technology, digitalisation or commercialism. We were friends to the end and I’m working on a short movie about his life and art.

A few years ago I created the official website about his work, with his co-operation and endorsement. I invite you to experience a life-long humanist photography – marginalised people, happy people, moving photo series, documentary from around the world, love and much more.

My deep gratitude and commemorative words here.

Please take your time and return. I hope you’ll leave a few words behind on its front page.

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“Pictures At An Exhibition” video
Thanks to the amazing new technology you can visit my studio no matter where in the world you are. It’s not like visiting ‘live’ but it may give you an impression now the exhibiton is closed.

Notice also the video below about my 10-piece suite of “The Rouen Cathedral” inspired by both Claude Monet and Roy Lichtenstein.

“GlobalArt” Magazine
Articles, photos and videos about the contemporary photo and other art world added daily. At your fingertips. At one place. Easy! GlobalArt: inspiration guaranteed. Click ‘Follow’ when you get there.

I curate it because it gives me joy to share with whoever is interested what I myself learn from and enjoy. Keeping updated with the art world gives tremendous inspiration to one’s own work. And perhaps you have a great artist inside you that you should let out? Go there!

Recent editions
Have a look here! Perhaps you need an art piece on your wall, or as a gift?

Welcome to my studio
Always open for you. We just need to make an appointment first (see below).

A good ‘weekbegin’ to you! And remember that it’s the arts that keep us human…

My best
Jan Oberg

Shoot # 43

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Gallery Woman # 2 – 2015 © Jan Oberg

Lund, February 6, 2016
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Hi dear friend!

Welcome to shoot # 43

– a digital photo gift from Oberg Photographics – a moment of meditation with which I wish you a good weekend. A special welcome to new subscribers, connections, likers and friends on social media. Here is shoot # 42.

“Pictures At An Exhibition” video
The picture above is from this late-autumn exhibition. Thanks to the amazing new technology you can visit my studio no matter where in the world you are. It’s not like visiting ‘live’ but it may give you an impression now the exhibiton is closed.


Click here to get to the video.

Notice also the video below about my 10-piece suite of “The Rouen Cathedral” inspired by both Claude Monet and Roy Lichtenstein.

“GlobalArt” Magazine
Articles, photos and videos about the contemporary photo and other art world added daily. At your fingertips. At one place. Easy! GlobalArt: inspiration guaranteed. Click ‘Follow’ when you get there.

I curate it because it gives me joy to share with whoever is interested what I myself learn from and enjoy. Keeping updated with the art world gives tremendous inspiration to one’s own work. And perhaps you have a great artist inside you that you should let out? Go there!

Recent editions
Have a look here! Perhaps you need an art piece on your wall, or as a gift?

Welcome to my studio
Always open for you. We just need to make an appointment first (see below).

A good ‘weekbegin’ to you! And remember the arts keep us human…

My best
Jan Oberg