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GUNNAR SMOLIANSKY

Photographer invited to the Planche (s) Contact festival in 2013

© 1616 Prod
© 1616 Prod

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Gunnar Smoliansky is Swedish. Born in 1933, he has been a photographer since the early 1950s. When he started, he attended evening classes with Christer Strömsholm (one of the biggest names in Swedish photography), of which he became assistant. After stays in Brazil, he was employed as an industrial photographer.

Creator of a photographic agency (Bildhuset) and a publishing house (Dog photo publishing), he has become one of the legends of Scandinavian photography and the “protector” of a new generation of photographers. The Hasselblad Center devoted an important retrospective to him in 2008 with a book, One Picture at a Time. His work is unique in its genre, while being linked by its references to the history of photography.

Gunnar Smoliansky works in black and white, always in small formats that he prints himself. Humanist photographer and tireless pedestrian, he never ceases to survey cities like Stockholm or the places of his childhood. His photography is a singular, refined, sometimes intimate work, it reveals small details, often surreal. In Deauville as elsewhere, he wandered around the city, playing with details that escape us, also playing with shadows, light and the physical presence of inhabitants and tourists. A Deauville… photographed as in the 50s!

Represented by GUN gallery (Stockholm): www.gungallery.se

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