"Caps Light" by Jenny Källman

Feb 27, 2017

Jenny is a Swedish artist who works with photography and creates evocative and powerful images that originate in her own memories and which reflect upon topics such as isolation, togetherness and social relationships.

Silent and minimal in form and eloquent and meaningful in substance, Jenny’s work develops over long periods of time. In this way, her photographs are like film stills, as if a story is trying to unfold in front of us and inviting us to imagine its end.


§ If you want to see directly Jenny’s work, she will be exhibiting at the group show “Golden Sunset” at the Modern Museum Stockholm from the 24th of March. Also highly recommended is her last book “The Rectangle’s Sharp Stare”, which was nominated for the prestigious Swedish Photo Book Award in 2016.


Following we present a short interview that we had with Jenny:


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

JK - I grew up in central Stockholm but spent long summers in the countryside at a summer camp, where in contrast to the city, I was immersed in nature. Now I live in Stockholm with my tree kids. At the moment I´m working in the darkroom preparing new work.


am - How did you start in photography?

JK - That was a bit of a coincidence. At eighteen I had to study something if I was ever going to make a proper living. I looked at preparatory schools in art. I wasn’t that good at drawing, so I chose photography. But it wasn’t until I developed my first roll of film that photography came to me, in a flash. It was magic, like falling in love. Since then, the magic has stayed with me.


am - What inspires your work?

JK - Society and music.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

JK - Mikael Haneke, Larry Clark, Martin kippenberger, Hanna Höch, Man Ray, Martha Rosler, Gus Vant Sant, Bruce Davidson, Jens S Jensen, Diane Arbus, so many…


am - What is “Caps Light” about?

JK- Considered separately as variations of a theme, or as still images from an imaginary film, the fragmented drama presented in these images touches upon strong feelings of togetherness and isolation; It is an enactment of social life. We’re all victims and perpetrators in life. Young people are too. Many of my pictures are taken from actual situations. The different environments also come from my memories. But it’s difficult to know and to be clear and specific about one’s own memories. I’d like my images to be innocently obscure. In that way they might open a door into a world of things which are not meant to be seen.


am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

JK - I don´t know, do you have any suggestions? a warm place would be nice, it’s hell in Sweden for four months, dark and cold.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

JK - Deer Hunter.


am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?

JK - All my projects are a professional challenge because when I am starting a new project I´m always tired of photographing and thinking about how to leave and how to extend the photography. But one thing will be going to the north in Sweden and taking photos where there is no light.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

JK - “American Pictures” by Jacob Holdt, which was one of the first photo book I looked. Maybe is not the best one but it is and was very important to me.


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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