While in Stockholm we visited Fotografiska, a centre for contemporary photography that was opened in May 2010 by American star photographer Annie Leibowitz. It is situated in an old customs building on Södermalm island directly at the waterfront near the Viking Lines cruise terminal. It features a bar, a great store for art and photography and it is open until 11pm most days so you can actually spend “a night in the museum”.
Fotografiska carries parallel exhibitions, when we visited last week there was the awesome “Inherit the Dust” exhibition by British photographer Nick Brandt, a collection about photos of famous Swedish Actor Greta Garbo as well as an exhibition featuring the impressive photographic work of Rock Star Bryan Adams. Known for his exceptional fashion photography (e.g. Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford) and portraits of famous musicians (e.g. Amy Winehouse, Rammstein, Rolling Stones), film stars (e.g. Christoph Waltz, Christopher Lee) and politicians (e.g. Queen Elizabeth).
Besides the portraits a second part of the Bryan Adams exhibition featured “Wounded: The Legacy of War”, his portrait work of military servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the injuries they have sustained, matter-of-factly. Their missing limbs, prosthetics and scar tissue are seen by the viewer as part of the subjects as they are now. The portraits are very graphic and carry a lot of emotions.
In this part of the exhibition I also took the photograph above were a mother tried to explain to her children the horrors of war, a scene that I found very touching.
For some more photos from Fotografiska and for the links to the website of the photographers and the museum click here.
All shots were taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the Olympus m.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 travel zoom.