We are, to say the least, proud of our line-up presenters for this event. This year half of them are international and half are national. This means that some of the lectures will be held in English. We go out hard already on Friday the 2nd of September and then we go full speed all the way to the grandiose conclusion on Saturday night.
It is practically impossible to separate the man from his photography. He always carries his little Contax T3 with him, and captures beauty in some of the most unlikely places imaginable.
Anders Petersen is one of the most important European photographers living today. He has shaken up the world of photography since his debut with raw and intimate photographs of late night guests in a Hamburg bar in the 1960s. This work was published as a book, Café Lehmitz, which is now widely regarded as an important work in the development of European photography. (On a par with, but very different from, Robert Frank’s “The Americans”).
It is practically impossible to distinguish the man from his photography. He always wears his little Contax T3 and captures beauty in some of the most unlikely places imaginable. With his camera, he captures moments for an intensely curious and personal diary.
Anders was born in Stockholm. In 1944, at the age of 18, he set out on his own to discover the world, beginning in Hamburg, Germany. There he encountered a wild nightlife culture that was incredibly exciting and completely different from his fairly stable upbringing in Sweden. He soon became friends with prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics and drug addicts, and adopted a love for nightlife and for people living outside the confines of the normally accepted society.
After seeing a photograph of Christer Strömholm (a picture of a cemetery at night with dark footprints in the snow), Petersen went back to Sweden to meet and study photography with Strömholm between 1966 and 1968. He then returned to Hamburg, where he for several years and many many late nights took the photos that became his first book, Café Lehmitz.
Since then, he has published more than 20 books, almost all of which feel like personal diaries about his experiences with people and places found only in the somewhat shadier areas of cities or in the darkness of night.
Anders’ photographs speak for themselves, but it is a joy to listen to him. His lecture at the festival will, among other things, touch on one of many things that are so characteristic of his photography: how he works to get as close to people as he does in all his projects. What does the process look like to achieve friendship and collaboration with strangers around the world? And not least the mix between spontaneity and planned photography.
Johan Jehlbo hails from Malmö but currently lives in Stehag in the middle of Skåne, Sweden. He is essentially a street photographer with flash as his specialty. Member and co-founder of the international photography collective Full Frontal Flash.
Johan has taught in workshops and lectured around the world, including London, San Francisco, Berlin and Copenhagen. He also has a close collaboration with Fujifilm.
He likes to work with longer projects where the imagery of street photography is the basis, but the limits for the genre are tested.
Johan is a finalist in several international street photography competitions with a win in the Eyeem Awards 2019 as the greatest merit, even though a second place for best series in GSPF 2021 is high on in the ranks.
In his lecture, he talks about how he has used flash as a way to create his own
style in its imagery. He presents his photos and projects and also discusses the use of flash in street photography by other photographers.
She likes to look for motifs in reflections and to play with double exposures.
“I am not a creative person. I have no artistic vein or any aptitude for the creative. I am a scientist, I am passionate about environmental issues and the Russian language and that is what I want to work with. Period.”
That was a 23-year-old’s truth about herself when she moved to Moscow in 1995 to continue her language studies.
Malin Jochumsen is now 50 years old and lives in Stockholm where she freelances as a photographer. In 2018, she took home the prestigious award Picture of the Year in the Sports Picture category.
Malin has realized that she does have a creative side after all, and that she should probably not say that she will never stop photographing, because the only thing you can be absolutely sure of is that you do not know what the future has to offer.
The assignments are interspersed with her own projects and street photography. Her street photography often has a more artistic character, she likes to look for motifs in reflections and likes to play with double exposures.
Malin will talk about her twelve years in Moscow, how she found her way into the world of photography and what it is that keeps her going. It is a fascinating insight into a city of contrasts filled with exciting people.
Malin shows in an impressive way how she came under the surface of a city that most of us have only seen on postcards.
Malin’s profile picture was taken by Magnus Fröderberg.
Fabian Schreyer is a cultural marketing/pr manager and photographer from Augsburg/Germany, who set his focus on taking candid photographs of everyday life in his hometown and abroad.
He is the co-founder of the former international street photography collective ‘The Street Collective’, a curator of various international street photography projects, and one of the authors of the book “Streetfotografie – made in Germany” (Rheinwerk Verlag).
Roaming with the camera through the streets turned out to be the best way to raise his awareness for the hidden secrets of everyday life. What he occasionally brings home from his urban explorations are split seconds of the lives of perfect strangers that unveil his fascination for the poetry underlying the mundane.
Street photography is the art of observation coupled with the science of composition (with a little serendipity thrown in). The world is like a jigsaw puzzle that you have to complete without knowing what the final picture will look like.
Polly is a professional photographer with a passion for making and teaching street photography. As a result she founded the Department of Street Photography and created ‘The Street Photography Playbook’.
Her work has been awarded and exhibited internationally at a number of street photography festivals, and been published in magazines such as Eyeshot and Nat Geo Traveller UK. Polly has also given talks about street photography at the Nat Geo Traveller Masterclasses in London, she is a Fujifilm Ambassador, one of a 100 women featured in the first ever ‘Women Street Photographers’ book (curated by Gulnara Samoilova, published 2021), a contributor to ‘The Travel Photographer’s Way’ (a Bradt travel guide by Nori Jemil, published 2021), and was a Finalist in the Series Category at London Street Photography Festival (LSPF) 2021.
Street photography for Polly is all about ideas: ideas around problem solving, ideas for triggering observation, and ideas about composition. Her lecture will discuss the importance of ideas in street photography.
“As an artist, you must cultivate a relationship with your work so that it becomes your best friend. You must be able to go to it whatever you’re feeling – happy, sad, tired, bored, frustrated – and have a conversation with it.” – Arthur Lett Haines (1894-1978), painter, artist and teacher.
Nils Jorgensen appears to us as a keen hunter of the involuntary irony of which the streets are full, places where man himself is called to play a role without his knowledge: everything is there, ready, it is enough to grasp the “dysfunctional crisis of the ordinary” and compose it in a subjective form.
Nils Jorgensen is based in the UK and is never without a camera. Nils is a prodigious image maker. One of the original iN-PUBLiC members, he is respected around the world for his subtle and beautiful observations of the details of life.
Nils Jorgensen was born in Denmark in 1958 and educated at King’s School, Canterbury, England, where he started taking his first street photographs. He went on to study photography at college before being based in Nairobi, East Africa working as a stringer photographer for The Associated Press news agency. In 1982 he joined Rex Features Ltd. as staff photographer and for the next 30 years covered politics, royalty, art, sport, show business and continued to capture his own street images. He joined street photography collective iN-PUBLiC in 2002.
Nils’ work is published in ‘Street Photography Now’, ‘London Street Photography’, ‘The World Atlas of Street Photography’, ‘The Street Photographer’s Manual’, ‘How to take Great Photographs’ and ‘100 Great Street Photographs’ and exhibited worldwide.
Nils’ profile picture was taken by Richard Baker.
Photographer Claes Hillén takes daily walks in the city with his camera. His photography is based on moments that most people just pass by. Whether the pictures are taken on the street, in the pub, on public transport or in some rough little alley, the pictures always contain people. People who do not know that they have just been photographed.
In his lecture, Claes will take you on a tour where he shows photos from his local environment in Gothenburg but also from his travels around Europe.
It will be a conversation about pictures in a close-up way where important questions about them are raised. You can also expect a lot of humor and nice anecdotes about what you might experience as a street photographer.
Claes has been photographing himself through life ever since the day when at the age of 11 when he stole his father’s camera and started playing around with it. For the past 10 years, Claes has more or less devoted himself to Street and he is one of the founders of Gothenburg Street photo Festival.
– That the last two years have been years without travel days feels completely crazy, says Claes. During a normal year, I have about 50-75 travel days where I try to capture the human and soul of Europe’s big cities. The advantage of traveling is that you are free and have time to take pictures around the clock, Claes smiles.
Everyday life is however photographing at home in Gothenburg, and Claes can hardly go out with the dog without the camera. In recent years, the “corona years”, Claes has had four street photo exhibitions, two in Gothenburg, one in Stockholm and one in Borås. Now new, bigger challenges await.
Roza Vulf is a Lithuanian-born photographer living in Rome, Italy. Her work is known to be free from restrictions to a single photographic style, yet often characterized by having a unique emphasis on a single chosen subject.
Vulf has exhibited around the globe and has been featured in numerous publications, books and photography platforms, such as The Street Photographer’s Manual by David Gibson, LensCulture, The Guardian, Dodho Magazine, My Modern Met, The Eye of Photography, The Street Photography Magazine, 121clicks and many others. Her work has been nominated and awarded internationally, including a win in the Street Life category of the British Life Photography Award held in London, 2019.
In recent years Vulf has been invited to hold discussions and cover important subjects in the field of street photography. In 2019 she was a judge and a speaker at the Street Photo San Francisco festival. Throughout her career she has held a number of panel discussions, including Women in Street at the London Street Photo Festival, Round Table discussion at the Women in Focus, Miami Leica Store amongst others.
Vulf’s upcoming presentation titled the “Floating World” will emphasize and reflect her personal understanding of street photography – the love of the ordinary, the anonymous, the unposed. She will discuss the subject of finding your own personal inspiration that can vividly translate into one’s own vision. On that matter Vulf will explore a unique connection between her personal inspiration found in the Japanese Art of “Ukyio-e” which she often translates into a distinctive vision on the streets.