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Thursday, April 21, 2005
  Trying to dance

Swedish photographer J H Engström (scroll down in this link) is one of the finalists for this year’s annual prize from the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Gorgeous pictures, I thought. Poetic and painterly, soft but solid, clear but complex, beautiful but not unchallengingly so. I could not ask for more. Well, I could ask for more and better online examples... they only give a hint, do not dance hauntingly and jitteringly towards you as they do in the gallery.
I love the one of the volcano, but then I have been fascinated by volcanoes since I was twelve.
I like the Swedish and German photographers very much (judging from, as you say, these inadequate samples). I can't understand why the American is on the short list -- his stuff seems like a banal example of self-conscious banality. The fourth candidate, the one with artsily political photographs, will win.

(BTW, Jean, I wanted to email you recently about a comment on my blog, but I can't find your email address here.)
Richard, all the photos suffer from tiny online reproduction - I found all the finalists very impressive really - it's a fabulous small exhibition, though Engstrom is most to my taste. I am emailing you my email address. Haven't got around to setting up a separate email address for my blog yet.
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