Shoot # 53


Lund, June 13, 2016
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• Photo London • OXO Fix London • Photographers’ Gallery • Tate Britain • Art Basel • SCOPE • Photo Basel
• Abstract Real Show • Global Art Magazine • Montenegro and more from:

Jan Oberg – Oberg PhotoGraphics

Dear Art Photo friend

Welcome to – improved – shoot # 53 

The above photo was shot in London in May when it turned into the international centre of photography. It’s a digital gift and will appear only here – a moment of joy sent to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics.

If you are a gallery or photographer chances are that you are mentioned in one of the articles below.

A special welcome to many new subscribers and friends on social media. Here is the preceding shoot and you’ll see that it changes a bit with this issue: Content first; more photos many of which only here and not on homepage – thus, special for you, my subscribers.

Finally, shoot will become less regular and – another new idea – sometimes I may shoot a single image your way.

shoot also leads you to the online GlobalArt Magazine that I curate. Click, inspiration guaranteed. It’s sharing of art for cultural bridgebuilding and civilisation – the opposite of war and other destruction. And it’s news from Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog. Tell a friend, send a mail. shoot is free of course!

Networking, sharing and creating positive energy is what I believe in.

I am not an art critic, I’m an art recommender. I write only positive notes, or “recommendations”. What’s the use of telling you what I find boring, bad or bull?

Photo London: 84 leading photo galleries exhibiting their best. Here my Photo London: Positive Notes with quite a few of my images from the fair and short texts. And here some out-of-focus shots from Somerset House. Every art event can be seen as a piece of art!

“Untitled – London in May” © Jan Oberg 2016.

On Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog some positive notes about FIX Photo at Bargehouse, OXO Wharf and here about The Photographers’ Gallery with Deutsche Börse Prize shortlisted photographers.
On June 10, Trevor Paglen was announced as this year’s winner. All four shortlisted could have won – brilliant as they were. And a recommendation of “Painting With Light” at Tate Britain.

Recently hiked in Montenegro’s wild nature with its majestic mountains and magic lakes. Here a few shots – nature photography as well as Gerhard Richter-inspired ‘blurred’ images that I call contours.

“Montenegrin Contour # 7 © Jan Oberg 2016. Click it.

Exhibition “Abstract Real” still on
Visitors tell me that my studio is more like a home than a cool, commercial gallery. You can watch photos and browse books as well as discuss art and global affairs with me. It’s by appointment only and then I am present to care for each visitor.

Non-figurative photography? Some words about it on Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog.
Have a sneak peek here of some of the works that are on show.

Always welcome – just call first! Perhaps one day you need a gift or want to give your own walls a new life.

Crosshatch Series 4-5 © Jan Oberg 2011. Click it

Next shoot
Positive notes to come on Tate Modern with Performing for the Camera and the fine “pairing” exhibits of, say, Monet+Richter and Rothko+Monet there. And about some shots I haphazardly did of objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections like this:

Jesus at Victoria & Albert Museum © Jan Oberg 2016

I’ll also return to some very interesting works at Tate Britain and other stuff there – except Tracy Emin’s The Bed!

Next Stop: Basel!
This week off to BaselArt Basel, the world’s largest (and most commercial?) contemporary art fair. See a brand new video here. But equally important all the other significant – less posh and more experimenting – events that takes place in amazing Basel such as SCOPE and Photo Basel (2nd year only). Will write about and upload to Instagram, @obergphotographics. 

– that it’s the arts more than anything that keep us human…

My best
Jan Oberg

“FIX Photo” at OXO Tower Wharf in London

“Walk over the Waterloo Bridge, past Somerset House – where Photo London is in May – then turn left and walk a few hundred meters on the Riverside Walkway and you’ll come to Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf:


FIX Photo is produced and curated by Laura Noble of LANG and if you come from Photo London across the Thames, you’ll find it as different from that as this facade is from Somerset House.

The building itself is a piece of art; here a few impressions of the interior.

Cafeteria on top 4th floor


Wall with walking man


Floor with light coming through window

And when you hang art photos in such an milieu something happens that can not possibly happen in the posh and often sterile gallery.

Here a wonderful work by Mischa Haller, “Barbie Bike”, Continue reading “FIX Photo” at OXO Tower Wharf in London

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 Photo London 2016: Positive Notes