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Christer Strömholm



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Portfolio

Series

France, Les Amies de la Place Blanche (2011)

This is a book about insecurity. A portayal of those living a different life in the big city of Paris , of people who endured the roughness of the streets. This is a book about humiliation , about the smell of whores and night life in cafés. This is a book about the quest for self-idendity , about the right to live , about the right to own and control one’s own body. This is also a book about friendship , an account of the life we lived in the place Blanche and place Pigalle neighbourhood. Its market , its boulevard and the small hostels we resided in. These are images from another time. A time when de Gaulle was president and France was at war against Algeria. These are images of...

Polaroids (1977)

About twenty Polaroids created by Strömholm in 1976 present the assemblies of images and objects and constitute so many visual plays on words that reveal the profound influence of surrealism on Strömholm.

Portraits of artists (1963)

Strömholm is very interested in art history and is very close to contemporary artists. He makes numerous portraits and discovers that he possesses a particular talent «to break through the shell of the artists». Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Tinguely et Spoerri, Le Corbusier, André Breton, Tapiès and Fernand Léger

Paris (1960)

“The pictures of a lost Paris does not call up our nostalgia but revive our curiosity and support our interest as a document. How explain in another way that we could, today, gaze with pleasure at the painted cloths of the fairground stalls in Pigalle as well as the “ portrait” of an impeded snake or the mischievous pose of a young transvestite ?” Christian Caujolle

Fotoform (1952)

Betwenn 1950 and 1953, Strömholm joined up the Fotoform group led by Otto Steinert. He had the assumed name of Christer Christian and was took part in the Subjective Fotografie collective exhibition".

Books

Post Scriptum

Post Scriptum Christer Strömholm is by far the largest monograph to detail one of Sweden’s best known photographers and his life. With nearly 270 of Christer Strömholm’s best photographs and around 60 complement pictures, a biography by author Johan Tell and essays by journalist Carole Naggar and gallery owner Christian Caujolle, it forms something which may well come to be a future standard work within the subject of photography.
Text by: Joakim Strömholm, Carole Naggar, Christian Caujolle, Johan Tell

Publisher: Max Ström (2012)
406 pages
Size: 22,5 x 27,1 cm  

Les amies de place blanche

This is a book about insecurity. A portayal of those living a different life in the big city of Paris , of people who endured the roughness of the streets.
This is a book about humiliation , about the smell of whores and night life in cafés.
This is a book about the quest for self-idendity , about the right to live , about the right to own and control one’s own body.
This is also a book about friendship , an account of the life we lived in the place Blanche and place Pigalle neighbourhood. Its market , its boulevard and the small hostels we resided in.
These are images from another time. A time when de Gaulle was president and France was at war against Algeria.
These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think i understood.
These are images of women – biologically born as men- that we call ‘transsexuals’.
As for me , I call them ‘my friends of place Blanche’. This friendship started here , in the early 60s and it still continues.

Christer Strômholm,1983
Text by: Christian Caujolle, Hélène Hazera et Johan Ehrenberg

Publisher: Aman Iman (2011)
224 pages
Size: 29cm x 22cm   

In memory of himself

Books such as In Memory of Myself and Poste Restante, not to mention a position as head of the eminent Fotoskolan academy in Stockholm, made Christer Strömholm one of Sweden’s most influential twentieth-century photographers. He differed from his colleagues in other ways, too--for instance, he didn’t mind being the subject of a photograph himself. In fact, he enjoyed it. Strömholm passed away in 2002, but these portraits of him by some of Europe’s finest photographers, including Lars Tunbjörk, JH Engström and Anders Petersen, live on.
Text by: Greger Ulf Nilson, Lars Tunbjork

Publisher: Steidl (2007)
144 pages
Size: 25.5x21 cm
ISBN :3865212980   

Christer Strömholm

Père de la photographie suédoise moderne, Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) continue d'exercer une grande influence sur l'ensemble de la scène photographique scandinave. Son oeuvre foisonnante et éclectique s'est progressivement imposée pour accéder aujourd'hui à une légitime notoriété.
Text by: Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Actes Sud (2006)
144 pages
Size: 19x12,5 cm
ISBN :978-2742760268   

Poste Restante

Originally published in 1967, Poste Restante has become one of the most collectible photography books from the mid-twentieth century, ranking alongside the better-known publications of Robert Frank and Ed van der Elsken. This photographic autobiography details Strömholm’s extensive travels across the globe in a book constructed as an Existentialist diary. Juxtaposing the urbane and the macabre, combining portraiture and street scenes with abstract photographic fragments, the book uses metaphor and visual pun in an unrelenting stream of consciousness. In its sequence and design, it is a book that prefigures much of contemporary photographic publishing and art practice.
Text by: Tor-Ivan Odulf

Publisher: Steidl (2006)
120 pages
Size: 25 x 20 cm
ISBN :978-3865212207   

ON VERRA BIEN

ON VERRA BIEN. En majuscules et sans ponctuation, en gros caractères d’imprimerie sur papier brun, ces trois mots, protégés par un cadre en format panoramique, ont accompagné Christer Strömholm sa vie durant. D’appartement en maison, de ville en ville, et jusque dans sa chambre d’hôpital.

Publisher: Bildverksamheten Strömholm & Färgfabriken (2002)
175 pages
Size: 21x24,5
ISBN :91-973787-6-3   

Nueve segundos de mi vida

La obra del fotógrafo sueco Christer Strömholm es profundamente personal, en ella conviven lo prohibido y lo sórdido. Su fuerza personal radica en su incorruptibilidad y sencillez. Sus fotografías nunca dan respuestas, pero sí hacen preguntas. Son adivinanzas y jeroglíficos, crucigramas con palabras estrafalarias y ocultas, frecuentemente con doble significado y faltas de ortografía cometidas adrede. Las soluciones se encuentran no en lo visible sino en lo intuido. El trabajo fotográfico de Strömholm ha sido determinante en el mundo nórdico y en la formación de una nueva generación de fotógrafos.

Publisher: Concalcuta (2000)
195 pages
Size: 21x16 cm
ISBN :970182930X   

Imprints

A master of the street photograph, Strömholm documents the slightly odd and sexy, excerpted from the flow of everyday life in Sweden of the 1950s, 1960s, and later.
Text by: Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Hasselblad Center (1998)
160 pages
Size: 14,6x21 cm
ISBN :9163064839   

Kloka Ord



Publisher: Legus (1997)
ISBN :91-88192-42-3   

Exhibitions



Les amies de la place blanche (Angers)
From 2019-08-27 to 2019-11-23

Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) was one of the great photographers of the 20th century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: Les Amies de Place Blanche, a documentation of transsexual \"ladies of the night\" in Paris in the 1960s. Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Strömholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city\'s red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transsexuals struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. Strömholm\'s surprisingly...

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Les amies de Place Blanche (New York)
From 2012-05-18 to 2012-09-02

Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) was one of the great photographers of the 20th century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: Les Amies de Place Blanche, a documentation of transsexual "ladies of the night" in Paris in the 1960s. Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Strömholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city's red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transsexuals struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. Strömholm's surprisingly intimate...

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