We are, to say the least, proud of our line-up presenters for this event. A very interesting mix of experienced street photographers who will do anything to entertain and inspire. We kick off on Friday, September 17th and wrap up with a grand finale Saturday night.
Gothenburg , Sweden
Agneta is captivated by the little ant which, when viewed closely via the macro lens, transforms into an almost human individual. She likes to photograph our beautiful nature and she enjoys playing with the light in the arranged portrait.
But it is probably still the unplanned street photo that fascinates her the most.
“It is a reflection of life itself, the unconscious and the genuine. “She also sees it as an important task to create history for posterity, through her images.
She has been around photography since her late teens. Back then, she invested in a used Hasselblad analog camera and portrayed children at the Public Pre-School while working on the project Enlarge the Little Ones. The analog camera has long been replaced by the digital one. Over the years she has had several exhibitions. Now she is one of four photographers working on the project called Moment, which aims to document the city of Gothenburg and its people for 100 years. She has recently released an online course in street photography for the Mothership How to Succeed in Street Photography.
She has chosen to call her presentation “Playing a Role”. She believes that street photography is a kind of street theater without a director and script where we all have a role. It can be a lead role, supporting role, extra or an audience. Behind her camera, Agneta herself becomes a spectator and she wants to show with her pictures how she chooses which moments of the play she wants to immortalize and why.
Roger Turesson, multiple award-winning photojournalist, tells the stories behind his photos.
About why time and planning are important to achieve quality, his drive and respect for the people he photographs and we also hear about a snapshot that could have been his last.
Roger Turesson works as a photographer at Dagens Nyheter, where he was also the imaging manager for a period of time. Roger has won the Picture of the Year competition on several occasions. In 2013, together with Josefine Hökerberg, he won the Grand Journalist Award for the documentary series “The Beggars in Stockholm”.
2019 was Rogers’ big year. That is when he won Picture of the Year with the picture of Greta Thunberg in Madrid. But it didn’t end there. He also won the title of Press Photographer of the Year and six more awards. In other words, we have a highly qualified photographer with us on stage.
Annette Lang is a German-born anthropologist and linguist based in France. As a single mother of three boys, she learned that it was necessary to have eyes everywhere to avoid constant disasters.
Her passion for studying humans and their behavior as well as curiosity about underlying cultural nuances drew her to street photography.
Annette’s presentation explores what things affect our photography that have nothing to do with technical settings – what is 12 inches behind the camera, as Ansel Adams once said. How do our experiences on the street affect what we see? What cultural filters are used when we see and read a scene? What moral obligations do we have towards the society we live in? What role do we play when we create and publish cultural stories through images?
Gustav Gräll is a freelance photographer based in Stockholm, studied at the Nordic photography school Biskops Arnö. He mostly shoots portraits and reports for magazines and documentary projects.
He worked for a few years as a travel photographer, but nowadays he tends to stick around the Stockholm area. He is very passionate about street photopgraphy. A Volvo 740 in a snowstorm, 50s era neighborhoods in backlight, animals in windows looking at the outside world. He finds beautiful details are everywhere.
His presenation is called “learn to capture everyday images” and is about going out and photographing regardless of weather, environment or light. The pictures and details can always be found, even in the smallest town, on a dull, gray November day.
"What excites me the most about Street Photography is the everyday life where nothing special happens but it still tells everything." My curiousity is challenged and I am moved by images that raise more questions than answers.
Up and down the street with the camera in hand and a small photo bag on the shoulder, a short telephoto lens and a proper city map in the outer compartment of my car. This was 1981 and the entire city of Paris laid before my eyes. Impressed by black and white photographs that I found in swivel steel postcard stands along the sidewalks and the river Seine, I did not know then that I would be “hooked for life” by this category of motifs.
Curious about who the photographer was behind these fantastic black and white images in postcard format, I read the name Henri Cartier-Bresson. Wow! It was something completely different compared to the selection of sun-bleached postcards from Östra beach in Halmstad, which I had chosen a year earlier to send as a greeting home to my mom in Stockholm during summer vacation.
Much later in life around 2005, I realized that what I saw and wanted to capture in a picture from street life was of a much simpler nature. I also realized my photographic limitation, which frustratingly was not enough to recreate what I experienced and saw along the sidewalks. Namely my fascination for human expression with posture / language and movement patterns. Excited and obsessed with finding out if it was possible, I went back to Paris in 2008. I decided to let go of everything that attracted me to make generally good pictures of this delightful city and instead devoted myself entirely to experimenting with shutter speeds , focal lengths, camera angles and image compositions. 23,000 pictures in almost a month finally gave me the knowledge I was longing for. But to then understand and be able to use it consciously and spontaneously, is something i still struggle with although I have made significaant progress. A good picture in my eyes leaves nothing more to be desired.
I want to show you this during my presentation at the Gothenburg Street Photo Festival as well as some bonus photos that are the result of endless hours of wear and tear along the sidewalks and the meetings street life has enriched me with.
A brief recap of Marcus’ background.
As a self-taught professional for the past 25 years, I am passionate about shooting creatively, nuanced, documentary and sometimes artistically in virtually all subject categories. My photography journey started back in 1977 and my interest in the Street genre took off in the early 80’s. I have been teaching and holding lectures since 2001 for business and then more in the private sector with, among other things, regular photo excursions (Photo Walks) since 2003. I’ve written photo courses and taught for Folkuniversitetet for 10 years. As the founder of Street Photo workshops in Sweden, I teach self-directed courses in regularly in metropolises such as Paris – New York – Berlin – Hong Kong – Barcelona – Istanbul and more.
Birgitta Nilsson has a very interesting story to tell. It is gripping, inspiring and pleasurable. We will get to follow her story from being a young model until today as a street photographer. For twelve years she stood on the other side, that is, on the other side of the camera, in cities such as Milan, Barcelona, London and Hamburg.
Photography has always fascinated her and a few years ago she got a whim, as she calls it, to seriously start exploring what would happen if she started using a camera. Said and done. For the past four years, her camera has been with her whenever in an urban environment and she soon realized that street photography is her nitch and the experiences she’s been seeking.
She is driven by the interaction with people and she wants to convey that feeling in this presentation. Her phtography style is often times sensual, personal and close. But she will also share a few words about what happened in connection with the exposure. This time she has chosen to show pictures from cities such as Stockholm, her hometown Norrköping and Berlin.
All around us, in the urban environment, are ongoing displays of activity. People meet, laugh, cry and love. There is love and sorrow, everyday life and celebration. When you freeze these moments, magic arises. The event in this thousandth of a second turns into your own interpretation. He scratched his eye, was it a tear that came? Did she turn around because her girlfriend was on her way, or was she looking for a taxi? Was it the first kiss, had they just met, or were they celebrating something else?
People interacting with one another, laughing, crying and showing love. You see affection, sorrow and happiness in their everyday life.
For Mats Alfredsson, street photography is an attitude towards photography. It is about being in the moment, a fly on the wall and making the viewer feel and experience the same. Small human events that normally pass unnoticed, but in his photographs get captured in time forever.
His passion for this classic genre is based on a genuine interest in people, of all ages and social classes. Behind the pictures are miles of walks, hours of waiting at places of interest, travel by train, tram and subway and the occasional bar hangout.
The golden rule for Mats is to not use posed subject matters and never photograph people he knows or has met before. It is an exciting journey where the unexpected and rapidly changing moment is the reward.
During a ten-year period in the late 70s and further into the 80s, Mats worked as a reporter and press photographer in the suburbs of Gothenburg, which later took him on to Borås and a continuation of his journalistic career.
For the past fifteen years, he has been deeply involved in the development of street photography, both in Sweden and internationally. He has run workshops and arranged street photo trips to cities such as London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Chicago. Mats was one of the authors of the big photo walks in Gothenburg with over 200 participants. He has also set up a number of solo exhibitions in Sweden and the USA.
Doday’s lecture will be an inspiring and insightful journey through Mat’s street photography life.
Dimitris Makrygiannakis was born in Greece in 1979, but has lived in Stockholm since 2004 where he works as a doctor. His first contact with artistic photography was just over ten years ago and since then photography has been a big part of his everyday life.
Dimitri is a member of the international street photography collective Burn My Eye. He is also the winner of The Invisible Photographer Asia 2013 Street Photography Award.
During the Gothenburg Street Photography Festival, Dimitri will talk about how photography changed his life. He will take us on a journey through his priority photo projects and experiences.