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Photo London 2016: Positive Notes

84 photography galleries from predominantly the Western or trans-Atlantic world exhibiting in the beautiful old rooms of Somerset House at The Strand in London – that is Photo London!

One may say that what Art Basel is to other art, Photo London has the potential to become to photography in all its shapes, categories, styles, techniques, expressions, media and historic periods.

It has come to life thanks to its two directors and art connoisseurs, Iranian-born Fariba Farshad and Michael Benson about whom you may read here.

And like Art Basel it is, with few exceptions, basically for the moneyed elite – and not too much experimentation. It costs even to just walk around and enjoy, an adult one-day tickets is £ 25.

However, the enthusiast or the person who has traveled a bit to get there – like I have from Sweden – will find it worth it. You’ll need two full days to give it a thorough review if you haven’t kind of seen it all before.


Somerset House in the mirror of the ticket office © Jan Oberg 2016

2016 was Photo London’s second year and my first time there. This article will focus on what I was most enthusiastic about at Somerset House. I always write about the things I like, thus conveying positive energy. I know how much it means to myself when someone expresses appreciation – and there is enough of negative critical-only, Besserwisser type of discussions in today’s world.

I don’t pretend to be a competent art photo critic, but see myself rather more as a recommender. Thus, I don’t do long more or less analytical text but let the images speak with a little intro and links where you can explore more – as if you had been there yourself.

That why it’s called social media – sharing and caring – and promoting achievement and success in all directions.

I’ve also made a 44-photos report at my Instagram account #obergphotographics and on #photolondonfair – and for your browser here.

In May 2016, London was turned into what was probably the world centre of photography.

Besides Photo London, there are interesting photography-related shows at about 30 places – e.g. at the Photographers’ Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and OXO Tower Wharf’s “Fix” to mention some.

Taking time to process it all – and I take hundreds of photos a day – I’ll write about these as soon as I can get around to it.

Martin Parr’s installation at the terrace facing river Thames was fun, a flashback to the good old days with photos inside an unusual “frame”. I’m not sure I was touched by it, but it inspired me to put it in yet another flashy frame.



A digression on the images in these notes:

I always process and/or crop, frame and otherwise change my photos before uploading to social media and this blog. One, it is fun with all the tools available. Two, you make it more personal. Three, I dislike the fast shoot-and-upload laziness with sharing of raw images that could have brought the viewer a little joy had they been cared for. Four, it’s good training and – fifth: Every image worth publishing is worth publishing well!

Many of the photos here are taken from the side. Continue reading

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

My best
Jan Oberg

Money, money! Prices and quality

Or why it is increasingly difficult to take the world elite’s luxury art industry serious. And why there are better deals at places no one has heard of…

Take a close look at these three images:


# 1



# 2


Lanscape Drops2_PhSh

# 3

The basic idea behind them is pretty similar. It’s a landscape shot in rainy weather through a window filled with raindrops. It’s a gray day; dark mood. The camera has been set to focus primarily on the raindrops and thereby make the landscape further away bleary.

It’s a – fascinating – phenomenon in and of itself: what our eye do not see sharply at once demands more extra attention and reflection. German artist Gerhard Richter has used this challenge too in numerous of his works in which you think you see a blurred photograph while in fact it’s an oil painting. # 1 is the relatively sharpest image.

Then there are some obvious differences between the three.  Continue reading

Art Basel (4) – What I like. Simply.

At a place with over 300 galleries and more than 4 000 artists from all over the world, it is of course impossible to mention everything one likes. Actually, if you have the slightest interest in contemporary art, it is much better you go there yourself next year; a pas to all four exhibition days is € 95 and I find it worth every Euro.

I won’t explain to you why I like the works below. But we live in times where it is important for many – no matter the field – to criticize, put down, appear more experienced, etc. for reasons I don’t know. I believe in positive energy, in inspiration and in learning from what others do – more from those you like than those you don’t like. After all, we may learn from our own mistakes but cannot essentially learn from those committed by others. But you can learn from those who are much better than yourself. Continue reading

Art Basel (3) – Art in Basel outside Art Basel

There is a lot going on all the time, all over Basel. But there are three major points beyond the Art Basel space itself, namely Parcours in the Klingental area next to Mittlere Bridge – walking distance from the Art Basel Halls and part of Art Basel; then there is Design Miama/Basel which is in the Art Basel complex and, finally, SCOPE at Uferstrasse quite far up – or rather down – River Rhine. And if you have not experienced enough art, you may continue on Tuesday after Art Basel to visit galleries, the Kunsthalle, the Kunstmuseum and Foundation Beyeler – the latter beautifully situated in Riehen some 10 min with a tram out into the countryside. Whether or not you are interested in the exhibition at Beyeler’s you can always enjoy the wonderful collection of works in superb surroundings.

Before you leave the Fair itself for one or more of these, you may relax a  bit and enjoy the breath-taking view on the top-floor bar of the Ramada Hotel right next to Art Basel – and why not with a Campari as I did?

Campari in a glass © Jan Oberg 2013

Campari in a glass © Jan Oberg 2013

Parcours is for the larger sculptures, events, films, performances and installations in the street – and you may also visit an old barrack which is no longer used for military purposes but by artists who rent rooms as their studios. That’s actually what I visited. All of it is much less “fine” and pretentious and you may have a chat with artists, young and old. Continue reading

Art Basel (2) – Some observations and trends

Art Basel (1)

Art Basel is two sections – the “classical” two floors in the Fair Centre and the huge “Unlimited” hall with “projects that transcend the limitations of a classical art-fair stand.”

Entrance to Art Basel © Jan Oberg 2013

Entrance to Art Basel     © Jan Oberg 2013

Can one discern any trends out of the bewildering diversity of art at the Art Basel? Here are a few observations without prioritizing:

• one trend is that there is no trend – everything can be mixed, art schools and art categories seems to be a thing of the past; Continue reading

Art Basel 2013 (1)

Evelina Cajacob, Hand Arbeit 2011

It is huge and totally bewildering, the Art Basel fair. It’s dynamic history dating back to 1970 and three Basel gallerists explains to some extent why it is the world’s foremost gathering of galleries, collectors, investors, art lovers, etc. Nowhere else can you see more than 300 art galleries presenting more than 4000 artists and making business to the alleged sum of about US$ 2 billion in just four days.

Washington Post’s Kartherine Boyle has an interesting angle on it all: What does Art Basel tell us about wealth and the general economy? It is not the only angle, of course, but what you do experience is, indeed, the perverse commercialization of everything art at the art “market”. Today’s art world consists of promotion of marketable status symbols at often ridiculously high prices without even the slightest relation to whatever you may believe could be called quality.

Art lover in front of Louise Lawler's "Salon Hodler", 1992-93 © Jan Oberg 2013

Art lover in front of Louise Lawler’s “Salon Hodler”, 1992-93 © Jan Oberg 2013

“It’s all about marketing, there is no other criteria today”, as a British art dealer friend of mine laments. And having been in the business for more than four decades, he knows. And he still comes here every year because – yes, exactly – it is, at the same time, damn exciting to experience all that happens. Continue reading