Yesterday was a first for me because I have never before been to Fotografiska before.
I didn´t know which Photographers that was on exhibition but we decided after lunch at an Indian restaurant that we should go there. We took the Underground to Slussen and then tried to find our way to the Museum that lies directly by the water. We soon found our way and headed down the stairs and then towards the Museum.
The 2 main events seemed to be Anton Corbijn and Steve Shapiro. Their work is good but I can´t say that it speaks to me. The reason is probably that their work is known to me and that I find celebs to be boring in general. Corbijn’s portrait of Johnny Cash and PJ Harvey is what stood out for me and I also thought the portrait of Anthony Kiedis was fun. Shapiro’s composition of pictures of Martin Luther King’s death was touching but that was more or less it for me.
I thought the picture from France by André Kertész was much more interesting to see. He was truly a pioneer in the twenties and many of the pictures on display were ground breaking at that time. His work with shadows and light sources was fascinating to see. I certainly will have to look more into the work of this Hungarian photographer.
Marcus Bleasdale moved me. It wasn´t the easiest work to see and I feel that most people should go to Fotografiska just to see this exhibition. Corbijn and Shapiro’s work with celebrities isn´t something that I feel need to be shown like the work of Bleasdale. Go there and take your time. Watch the photos, listen to the stories and be moved. Stolen Children was the highlight for me and if you can´t go to Stockholm to see it then visit his site.
I also need to mention the vista from the restaurant at top of the Museum. I actually think I would pay the entrance fee just to go up there to eat next time. It was a splendid vista well worth the money.