24 August — 25 October, 2012
Christer Strömholm’s (1918-2002) importance to Swedish photography is undeniable, and his imagery is entirely his own. CHR. was Strömholm’s signature. It was his trademark throughout his life. According to Strömholm, photography was not meant to document reality. The photographer must begin with the self, because the image is, in fact, in the mind of the photographer and not in front of the camera. Strömholm was always more interested in the image rather than technique.
Fifty years have passed since Strömholm studied at Fotoskolan in 1962 with Tor Ivan Odulf. The school was groundbreaking and the methods were atypical. Christer Strömholm coined the terms "existing light" and "personal responsibility" and his theories changed both the perspective and approach within Swedish photography. When school closed in 1974, over 1200 students completed the education, many of whom are now counted among Scandinavia's foremost photographers.
"For me, working with the photographic image is a way of life. When I think back and look carefully at my pictures, they are all, in their special way, nothing but self-portraits, a part of my life." – Christer Strömholm 1983
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