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JH Engström Conversation  3 June 2018 – 11amdocumenta-Halle

JH Engström

JH Engström was born in Karlstad, Värmland (Sweden) in 1969. He grew up in Sweden but spent a lot of time in France during his childhood and adolescence. He was an assistant to photographer Mario Testino in Paris in 1991, and in 1993 assisted photographer Anders Petersen in Stockholm. In 1997 he graduated from the Photography and Film Department at Gothenburg University. The same year he published his first book, Shelter (Bokförlaget DN, 1997). In 1998 he moved to Brooklyn, New York, to work on his project Trying to Dance. In 2001 Engström returned to his native region, Värmland, to finish the project. The finalized book Trying to Dance (Journal, 2004) was short-listed for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. He exhibits continuously internationally and his photographs are 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). From Back Home was awarded Best Photo book of the year in the 2009 Arles Photo festival and one year later his book La Résidence was released by Journal and awarded the Goldene Letter by the Deutsche Buch Stiftung. In 2015 he won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award with his project Tout va bien. JH Engström lives and works between his native region Värmland and Paris. He is represented by Galerie Jean-Kenta Gauthier in Paris.


  • 2017 JH Engström Crash, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2016 JH Engström Revoir, Journal / Akio Nagasawa Publishing, Sweden / Japan
  • 2016 JH Engström October 2016: Fear of Leaving, Mörel Books, London, UK
  • 2015 JH Engström Tout va bien, Aperture, New York, USA
  • 2013 JH Engström Sketch of Paris, Aperture, New York, USA
  • 2013 JH Engström Långt Från Stockholm, Mörel Books, London, UK
  • 2013 JH Engström Random, Mörel Books, London, UK
  • 2013 JH Engström Ende und Anfang; Early trips, André Frère Edition, Marseille, France
  • 2011 JH Engström, Margot Wallard Foreign Affair, Super Labo, Japan
  • 2010 JH Engström La Résidence, Journal, Sweden
  • 2009 JH Engström, Anders Petersen From Back Home, Max Ström, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2008 JH Engström CDG/JHE, Steidl, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2006 JH Engström Haunts, Steidl, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2003 JH Engström Trying to Dance, Journal, Sweden
  • 1997 JH Engström Shelter, Bokförlaget DN, Sweden/span>
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