PhotoArtually Newsletter coming soon

I’ve spent months in thinking up a concept for an Oberg PhotoGraphics Newsletter. PhotoArtually is what I have come up with as an answer to these two questions:

How do you communicate as one of a much larger movement – give-and-take?

How do you attract art loving people’s attention – and potential clients – by not just broadcasting your own works and achievements?

Whether you are an accomplished artist or a promising beginner, people want to gain something, not being told just what to pay attention to or pay for. Promoting oneself without giving something – as many still do – also militates against the fundamental idea and beauty of it all: sharing, mutual learning, give-and-take with no money involved.

Social media is about sharing. As frequently as I can, I share links to art stuff on both Facebook, Twitter and Google+. I share images and appreciate other people’s images on Instagram. It does take time but it also gives me a lot – what’s wrong with gift-giving, after all?

Screenshot of the draft first issue of "PhotoArtually"

Screenshot of the draft first issue of “PhotoArtually”

I have seen how it helps me connect with superb enthusiast and professional photographers, learn from them how they create both their art and their public relations. It’s a wonderful world also because this can be done sitting at one’s desk, having a computer or an iPhone – and, there you go, there is a world of exciting stuff out there.

Overwhelming? Yes, of course – billions of images and stuff. But the world is overwhelming for good and for bad; I know that also as a peace researcher. But the alternative is self-isolation, lack of vision and of inspiration. And one learns to distinguish quite quickly between what is vauable to you and what is not.

That’s what PhotoArtuallyphoto, art and what is actually going on – serves to do: To give you a lot of interesting articles and images that I see myself, use in my work, feel joy at seeing and even more so at sharing. Most people don’t have the time to gather interesting stuff from literatlly hundreds of sources around the world. I could say that I also don’t have that time – but I have to and want to keep abreast with developments, keep in the forefront and learn, learn and learn – and share and connect with people in that incredibly fascinating and inspiring world.

The newsletter is not too frequent, occasional, free and you can unsubscribe anytime with just one click.

Try it now – PhotoArtually!

Experimenting with being on Instagram…

I’m now on Instagram

It’s an exciting way to meet people with an interest in photography, art, art videos, exhibitions, galleries. Here is just a test – a snapshot video by iPhone of one of my latest photos that I shared on Instagram and embedded for you here.

YOu can of course do a photo – but a video offers you the chance to explore a photo (even if you shake your iPhone a bit…) and to also say a few words. But a video on Instagram must be between 3 and 15 seconds. Only!

Are you on Instagram, let’s connect there…

Konstkvällen – Art Night – in Lund, October 18

Det gick riktigt bra på Kulturnatten – över 50 besökande även om det fanns hundratals andra evenemang och Vegagatan ligger en bit utanför centrum.

Nu gäller det Konstkvällen lördag den 18 oktober 17-22 – tillfället för dig som inte kunde besöka min studio på Kulturnatten.

Jag har också öppet på min helt egen “Konstsöndag” dagen efter 14-17.

Det kommer att finnas ett par nya foton av mer konceptuell karaktär. Här är “Girl And Car” (2014) – ett stycke fotografik som associerar till måleriet.


© Jan Oberg 2014


I år har jag dessutom fler unikat – antingen tryckta på metall eller på canvas och papper men monterade i gamla ramar, stora som små.

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Kulturnatten – Cultural Night in Lund: “Salång PåGång”

Unbelievable as it is, Kulturnatten is here again: Saturday September 20.

Here is what you may experience in my studio: 30-40 works you have not seen before, a special feature, new types of frames, travel and other photographs on various media plus two short debates.

Sålång Pågång continues for about a month – after Kulturnatten by appointment only on 0738 52 52 00 or at

Black Girl With A Pearl Earring # 6 © Jan Oberg 2014

Black Girl With A Pearl Earring # 6 © Jan Oberg 2014

I’m excited about it! I have had so many things to do in my other “world” – that of war and peace – where sad things like Israel-Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine have taken almost all of my time.

All works at Kulturnatten are new

It feels great, therefore, to now devote myself to processing, creating and printing various images that I have taken both this year and earlier.

I will introduce 30-40 new works – on fine arts papers, canvas and metal. Part of my joy comes from having the freedom to experiment with a diversity of media (PhotoGraphics technique) – as you’ll see.

Black Girl With A Pearl Earring

The feature I have in mind this Kulturnatten revolve, to a certain extent, around my pastiche on Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” from about 1665 that I have written about previously here.

I am happy to tell you that it has made its editorial appearance in the September issue of Sköna Hem, Sweden’s largest interior design magazine.

From Sköna Hem  (Beautiful Homes), September 2014

From Sköna Hem (Beautiful Homes), September 2014, page 104.

I have experimented with how to present Black Girl With A Pearl Earring. However I consider the variation more important than the theme therefore it will be exciting to showcase the different expressions in terms of sizes – from postcards to 61-91 cm (A1) – and media I have on offer – fine arts papers, canvas and metal.

You know, with me you get numbered and signed works taylor-made in sizes and media according to your wishes.

For the first time I will show some of them “live”.


Since last I have experimented with both making my own frames and buying frames at flee markets. I’m curious to see how various forms of presentation can shape a more attractive whole than just putting up prints on the wall. However, no glass in front – never!

Travel photo and pictorialism

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Art Basel 2014 (5) Photography and painting dialogue…


Joel Meyerowitz's photo of Cézanne's studio

Joel Meyerowitz’s photo of Cézanne’s studio

You may have guessed that I am looking for art photography in particular here in Basel? You are right! And I am happy to report that there is so much of it; photography is as accepted as an art form as, say, painting, film, sculpture, prints and multiples. Secondly, there are interesting “dialogues” between photo and painting.

Gerhard Richter – whose exhibition at the Beyeler Foundation outside Basel I shall return to – comes to mind. Many of his paintings appear as photography (until you get closer). But there are also many other examples of how the two art forms speak with each other.

One such example is Joel Meyerowitz and here in Basel he shows a kind of photo narrative at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. A couple of years ago he visited Paul Cézanne’s (1839-1906) studio in Aix-en-Provence. He managed to get the permission to take pictures there and was drawn to the grey colours of the studio in which various of Cézanne’s objects and belongings were exhibited.

Next he took pictures of these objects – as if de-coding Cézanne’s paintings and seeing each object in them as a piece of art, a motif for another sort of painting – created with his camera.

Cézanne's studioexhibit  to the left and the single objects in it to the right. By Joel Meyerowitz.

Cézanne’s studio exhibit to the left and the single objects in it to the right. Photographed by Joel Meyerowitz.

I found that interesting, explorative and brilliantly beautiful. Could be done with many other artists – illustrating both time and space in the art and how high quality work may always be seen in its company and add something new. Continue reading