About JH Engström


JH Engström was born in 1969. He grew up in Sweden but spent a lot of time in Paris and France during his childhood and adolescence. He was an assistant to photographer Mario Testino 1991 in Paris, and 1993 assisted photographer Anders Petersen in Stockholm.
1997 he graduated from the Photography and Film Department at Gothenburg University.
The same year he published his first book, Shelter (Bokförlaget DN, 1997)
1998 he moves to Brooklyn, New York to work on his project Trying to Dance.
In 2001 Engström returnes to his native region, Värmland to finish the project. The finalized book Trying to Dance (Journal, 2004) was short-listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2005. He exhibits continuously internationally and is held in collections both in Europe and the US. Other published books by Engström are Haunts (Steidl, 2006), CDG/JHE (Steidl, 2008) and From Back Home (together with Anders Petersen, Max Ström, 2009) Wells will be published by Steidl during 2009.
JH Engström is represented by Galerie VU’. Paris, France and by GUN Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

JH Engström

1969 Born in Karlstad, Sweden.

Lives and works between Östra Ämtervik, Paris and Stockholm
JH Engström is represented by Galerie VU in Paris and by GUN Gallery in Stockholm.

2006 Graduates from Dramatic Institute, Advanced Course in Documentary
Film making
1997 Graduation from The Photography and Film Departement of Gothenburg
1993-94 Assistent to Anders Petersen in Stockholm.
1992 Assistent to Mario Testino in Paris.

2010 Wells, Steidl
2009 La Residence, Journal
2009 From Back Home, together with Anders Petersen, Max Ström
2008 Sketch of Home, GUN
2008 CDG/JHE, Steidl
2006 Haunts, Steidl
2004 Trying to Dance, Journal.
1997 Shelter, Bokförlaget DN.

2009 Shoot, Rizzoli
2007 PhotoArt, Aperture/Dumont
2006 The photobook, Part two, av Martin Parr och Gerry Badger, Phaidon England
Vitamin PH, New Perspectives in Photography, Phaidon, England

2008 The Social Welfare Office, together with Göran Odbratt. (52 min, Shown at
Swedish Television 2006)
2008 A Film With About Anders Petersen (52 min, Shown at Swedish Television
Bertil & Maggan.Stay or go (28 min, Shown at Swedish Television 2006

Saatchi Gallery, London
Hasselblad Center , Gothenburg.
The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm
The Nordic Museum in Stockholm.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Fotomuseum Winterthur.
Noorderlicht Photogallery
Värmlands Museum
Musée Niepce, France

Grants and awards:
2009 From back home was awarded winnner of the Author Book award at "Les Recontres d´Arles Photographie"
2008 Grant from KW Gullers fund
2006-2010 Grant from Swedish Art Council
2005 Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photographic Price.
Grant from The Swedish Authers Foundation.
2004 Artist in residence at Musée de Niepce, Chalon Sur Saone.
Grant from the Swedish Authers Foundation.
Grant from Hasselblad Center.
2003 Artist in residence at Contretype, Brussels.
2000 Grant from the Swedish Arts Council.
1999 Grant from The Swdish Arts Council.
1998 Stockholm Cultural award.
Grant from The Andrea Frank Foundation.
Winner of ”The photographic book of the year in Sweden ”.
Grant from the Swedish Authers Foundation.
1996 Bildhuset grant for young photographers.

Selected Solo exhibitions:
2009 From Back Home, together with Anders Petersen, Galerie VU, Paris
From Back Home, together with Anders Petersen, Värmlands Museum,
Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest, France, Trying to Dance/
Galerie Le Lieux, Lorient, France, Trying to Dance/ Haunts
2008 GUN Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, Sketch of Home
2007 Huarte Art Center, Huarte, Spain, Tying to Dance/ Haunts
2006 Contretype, Brussels, Belgium, Je suis ou.
Milliken, Stockholm
Fotografins Hus, Haunts, Stockholm
Galerie VU, Haunts, Paris
Nantes Photfestival
2005 Hasselblad Center, Haunts, Gothenburg.
2004 Galerie VU‚, Trying to dance, Paris.
2002 The Nordic Museum , Shelter , Stockholm.
Arhoteque D’Angers, Trying to dance, Angers.
Contretype, Trying to Dance,, Brussels.
2000 Gallery F48, Entreacte, Stockholm.

Selected Group exhibitions:
2009 Winterthur Fotomuseum, Darkside II
2009 Kunsthalle Wien, Das Porträt-Fotografie als Buhne
2009 Arles Photofestival, Show curated by Nan Goldin
2008 Fotomuseum Winterthur, Darkside
2007 Cohan and Leslie Gallery, New York
2006 Mois de la Photo, Paris
Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin
Contretype, ”Genre Humain”, Brussel
Fotografins Hus, ”Face a Face” Stockholm
Noorderlicht Photogallery
D-Foto, San Sebastian, Spain
2005 Milliken Gallery, Stockholm
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell , USA.
Bildhuset, Umea, ”Instable”.
Photographers Gallery, London , ”Deutsche Börse Photography Price”.
Winterthur Fotomuseum, ”Der Traum vom Ich, der Traum von der Welt”.
Deutsche Börse Group, Frankfurt ( Main ).
Gooroom project, SouthCorea
Langhans Galerie, Galerie VU, Praha.
2004 Stockholm Cultural House, ”Instable”.
2002 Stockholm Cultural House, ”Stockholm too Close”.
Gallery CFF, Stockholm , ”Inspiration Strömholm”.
Theatre des images, Nice, ”Swedish Photography”.
1998 Photographic Fair in Gothenburg.
Stockhoolm Cultural House, ”Tempo - A documentary Festival”.
With Anders Petersen at Gallery Prinsen in Stockholm.
1994 Stockholm Cultural House, ”Territory”.

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