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Preus Museum

Last weekend I visited Norway and the Preus Museum of Photography. In 2015 they celebrate their 20th year anniversary. It is Norways National Museum of Photography, and it is situated south of Oslo. Well worth a visit if you are interested in photography.

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Leif Preus (1920-2013)

Norwegian photographer, founder of Preus Foto A/S, and collector. After years in the Navy he established himself as a photographer on Storgaten in Horten in 1956. Then in 196? with the help of the municipality of Horten he expanded to include a photo laboratory which at its height had over 200 employees and more than 40 photo shops across the entire country. Preus also founded the international portrait chain Color Art Photo. In 1976 he opened his Preus Museum of Photography which exhibited parts of what had gradually become his sizable collection of photographs, cameras, and books. Thus he became instrumental in directing attention to the history of photography in Norway. In 1992 he was named an honorary member of Norwegian Association of Professional Photographers. In 1994 the Norwegian government bought Preus Fotomuseum as the basis for the future national museum of photography. Leif Preus was the museum’s first director from 1995 through February 1998. In 2003 he was named Knight, First Class, of the Order of St. Olav for his work.

Here you will find unique cameras, like the one owned by Edward Munch the famous Norwegian painter. His house is not far away from the museum. You will also find images by the great masters and a unique library.

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IMG_0374If you would like to know more, and I highly recommend you to, visit their site. http://www.preusmuseum.no/eng

Every month a new photographer is presented on the «Wall of Fame» – the innermost wall in the anniversary exhibition From Vision Machines to Instagram. Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) devoted himself to photographing a dying culture, the North American Indians. His images will be displayed during the month of May. These are original prints!

IMG_0335The museum is a living museum and the premises are just beautiful in this harbour area in Horten, Norway. Go there!

Finally I am proud to tell you that I was the first Swedish photographer to exhibit in his museum. But that was years ago.

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😊  Pelle

More on “What is art”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-27661889

More interesting from BBC about photography and art. YES, photography is an art form! But like with all art, I don´t HAVE to like it. And when everything is art, nothing is….? Sometimes being a professional within a trade/media that is also used in creating art can be tricky, I must admit. Well, after all, I decide!

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I found this article about photography and images on BBC. Written by Phil Coomes, picture editor.

Many questions and not so many answers. Just like my blog. But thinking and contemplating about things is good, I think.

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-30190961

In the very beginning

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A friend of mine just made a quote on FB from one of todays papers. “I could read fast from an early age, but I didn´t understand anything. When I so did slow down I understood that the letters made words, that created pictures, that was put together so that they created stories that were larger than time and space”.

Quote from Stina Oscarson in DN.

Come to think of it, the images/pictures comes first. You open your baby eyes and there it is. The picture. The letters, the words and the stories comes later. So perhaps it is not so strange that today we communicate more with pictures than ever before.

“In the beginning was the word”. No, words came later. To help us describe all our images. All what we see.

Just a thought.

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The beauty of imperfection

What would life be without imperfection? Boring I think. It is those small pieces that not really fit, or has fallen off that makes things interesting. The not perfect. They tell the story. Flowers are beautiful when they are fresh, yes, but they are also beautiful when the water has dried out and they bow. Like with us people. Things with a patina attracts me. From the wear you can see if things were used and loved, and how much. I like reading the story in the imperfect.

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What other people see

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“Parents arguing with a child”. 4×5″ Dicomed scanner image.

Exhibiting is an exciting experience. Time to show your work, images, pictures to others. Perhaps after working hard for a long time in solitude. An ego boost. Personally I create with my heart, my eyes and a gut feeling. I seldom, or never, analyze. If it feels good to me, then it is good. The best thing with exhibiting, or just showing to others, is to listen to what people say about your images. Things perhaps you are not aware of yourself. That happens to me every time, and I just love it. Talking to people and listen to their opinion. What professional critics say I have trouble to understand. Perhaps we are on different ends of the creative rope? Here are three images that I remember especially. What friends told me about these images I had not thought about myself. Not even close.

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“Illustration to the standard size of tomatoes in EU”. 8×10″ Polaroid transfer
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“Illustration to the standard size of tomatoes in EU”. 8×10″ Polaroid transfer

Finally  I would like to recommend an ongoing exhibition by Jostein Skeidsvoll at Galleri Axel in Stockholm. Open until 22/3. Adress Södermannagatan 16. Great work by a great person! Go see if you can!

The Mysterious Smilebox

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The camera is a mysterious thing. How come most people smile when they see one? They smile though they know they perhaps will never see the picture. Kids and grownups. Celebrities too, until it becomes a threat to their privacy. The camera is powerful. Or should I say the photographer? Some say guns don´t kill, people do. Is it the same with cameras? When you press the button it is all up to you what you like to express. Cameras can be dangerous. The days are long gone when we thought that cameras never lied. But I guess they always have, more or less. Is a b/w image a lie about a colorful reality, or Is it just an artistic freedom to be subjective?  Why is it so important to look good on a photograph? Some people will never be pleased with a pictures of them selves. Are they having problems with their self image? The selfie is an interesting phenomenon. It is not a new idea. How much of your inside would you like to show on the outside? Is beauty only skin deep and can the camera see that? Well, just some more thoughts about the, most often, black box, people put in front of their faces. Just like I do. I like that cameras can be very poetic. A good photographer is one that makes peoples inside show on the outside. But all this is just about portrait photography… There are so many other ways to use a camera.

Is there any other tool that can be used in so many various ways as the camera? A pencil?

( The camera I used to photograph these images was however too big and heavy to hold ).

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