Monday, January 9, 2012

Erratic Photography: Simen Johan

For reasons that are too complex to get into right now, I've been spending a lot of time looking at photography lately, so I decided to start a new feature here, a weekly mini-profile of photographers I find interesting.

I saw this photograph by Simen Johan at the Pulse art fair in Miami. It was kind of confounding. It couldn't possibly be real, but it felt very alive. It reminded me very much of the paintings of Walton Ford.

I realized when I got home that I actually own Simen Johan's first book, Room to Play, which was published in 2002. It's very different... dark creepy photographs of children, mostly.
He says, "In my animal images, there's an escape and denial going on, where the actions taking place seem to emerge from this very need to forget or escape the unknowability and transience of life.”

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