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From Back Home

In 2001, leading Swedish photographers Anders Petersen and JH Engström began a seven-year collaboration to photograph the Värmland, the central western area of Sweden where both men spent their formative years.


Petersen and Engström’s potent and captivating photographs became an intense voyage of discovery into both the place and people that shaped them, and their associations with one another. The body of work culminated in an award-winning book. This exhibition marked the first display of their work in the UK.


Anders Petersen was born in Solna in 1944. He spent several formative years during his teens in Karlstad, trained at the Christer Strömholm school of photography in Stockholm in the 1960s, and published his first book, Gröna Lund (publ. Fyra Förläggare), in 1973. In 1978, his photographs of Hamburg bars were published in the book Café Lehmitz (Schirmer/Mosel). His pictures have been published in more than twenty books, and he was the first Scandinavian photographer to publish a volume in the Photo Poche series, no 98 (Actes Sud, 2004). Petersen has received many prizes and awards over the past forty years and has exhibited extensively world-wide. He won the Photographer of the Year award at the Arles photography festival in 2003, was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2007, and received the Dr. Erich Salomon Award in 2008.

JH Engström, born in 1969, was brought up in Hagfors, Värmland. In 1991, he worked as assistant to the Paris-based fashion photographer Mario Testino, and later to Anders Petersen in Stockholm. In 1997 he graduated from the School of Photography at Göteborg University and published his first book, Härbärge (Bokförlaget DN, 1997). Engström has won several awards since 1994; in 2005, he was short-listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his book Trying to Dance (Journal, 2004). Other published works include Haunts Steidl, 2006) and CDG/JHE (Steidl, 2008). He has exhibited at Galerie VU in Paris and the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg. From Back Home is his sixth book.