Video of “People Of Islam”

A peep into the exhibition which opened on April 3, 2015. The theme will be the same until May 30 but now and then I will hang new prints. I’d love to welcome you in my studio – and have your comments to what you see here if you cannot visit.

Creating “People Of Islam” and why the Iraq War made me a photographer

I opened this exhibition with the subtitle – Photos From Iran, Iraq, Somaliland and Marrakech – on April 3, 2015.

It has come about in a quite natural way. I have worked in some countries where Islam is of fundamental importance and so been exposed to the people living there as well as their problems – problems related to conflicts and war.

I did fact-finding in Iraq in 2002 and 2003, I do peace work and photography every year in Iran since 2012; I worked in Somalia between 1977 and 1981 and visited the self-proclaimed independent Somaliland in the Northern part in 2014 and I spent a week in Marrakech, Morocco, in February 2015.

But it wasn’t a planned project. I don’t do projects in the sense of saying to myself that, in the next few years, I shall concentrate on a certain theme, produce a number of works and then exhibit them. That is not part of my concept. My work and general curiousity takes me to places and, while there and in between having meetings or giving lecturing, I shoot pictures.

Ahmed, Baghdad 2003 - mild eyes indeed © Jan Oberg

Ahmed, Baghdad 2003 – mild eyes indeed © Jan Oberg

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New exhibition – “People Of Islam”

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Welcome to my new exhibition 

“People Of Islam”
Selected images from Iran, Iraq, Marrakech and Somaliland

April 3-6, 2015 – Easter – Every day 10-18 – after that by appointment only.

About the exhibition
People and milieus from Islam which the Western world is in constant conflict with.

I did fact-finding in Iraq 2002 and 2003 and already before the war, the Iraqis were hard hit by the inhuman sanctions.

Since 2012 I work every year in Iran with peace and photography. Somaliland I visited in 2014 (and 1977-81) – and the images from Marrakech, Morocco, are just two months old. The man above is Barber Lahcen in Marrakech and here are some thoughts on taking photos in that amazing city – with pictures.

It’s pictures of suffering but also of beauty and diversity. I want to show – and am happy to also talk about – the fact that there are many other images of this culture than the one you get in the mainstream Western media.

It’s my little contribution, as peace researcher and photographer – to building bridges. Because we simply must!

Practical info
1. Takes place parallel to “Konstrundan” but I am not a member of it. Open April 3-6 all days 10-18.
2. If you have not visited me before: The exhibition is in my studio, a modest space, and there will be about 40 images in formats from A3+ to A1.
3. If you can’t make it April 3-6 you can set up an appointment any time on:
obergphotographics@gmail.com or +46 738 525200.

4. And if you are far from Sweden: most of the images will soon be on my photo homepage (see below).

Hope very much to welcome you soon !

Jan Oberg

 

Shooting images in Marrakech, Morocco

What an exciting place! Eldorado for photographers and lovers of art, history, colours, mild and hospitable people – and lots of features of Islamic culture and art.

Marrakech – there are so many “must see” places and even more milieus to explore on your own, without a guidebook. There are new sights, surprises and motives around virtually every corner – a day with a camera is intensive indeed.

Marrakech Composition 2015

Marrakech Composition 2015 © Jan Oberg

And of course you should stay inside the old town, in the Medina where alleys are so narrow that only a donkey cart (and some very noisy mopeds) can get through. It’s labyrinthine and you’ll love it when you get lost.

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PhotoArtually November 2014

Here it is – my new Newsletter not only with stuff about myself but with links to photo and other art stuff around the world – at one place, at your fingertips and a minimalist design I have worked quite a lot with.

You may subscribe to it by writing to me at janoberg@mac.com – it is free of course and you may unsub anytime with just one click. Enjoy PhotoArtually!

My art photo concept

Nowadays one must have a mission statement up front and any business must have a concept. More importantly, people have actuially have asked me whether I operate on some basic idea(s) or just do things.

So I thought it would be good to state it in a few points – also because I actually have thought of it:

Art and peace are basic to my photo concept. Other elements are:

• diversity of themes, seeing the big and the small world where I go;
• photo graphics – meaning a graphic print-like appearance;
• variety of media – fine art papers, canvas, sometimes metal and mixed media;
• honoring the advice of my mentor, grand old man of Danish photography Viggo Rivad: you, not some expensive equipment, make the good picture;
caring for the entire process – from shooting to printing, framing and marketing;
• experimenting with the above, not aiming to find a niche or one style that can be repeated;
inspired by painters such as Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and David Hockney as well as by classical art – e.g Vermeer in “Black Girl With A Pearl Earring” (2014) which you see to your right (email) or below (phone);
• inspired by photographers too many to mention;
• identifying my work mostly with art photography but also documentary;
• making extensive use of new technologies, the Internet and social media;
• always having my Nikon D7000 or iPhone at hand;
• exploring randomly what peace photography could be;
offering clients quality and security, incl. a signed print documentation at purchase which guarantees the authenticity of the work, what paper it is printed on with which printer, size of edition, number and signature etc.

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!