Falsterbo photo art museum
About the collectors behind Falsterbo Photo Art Museum
What is Photo Art
Just as it is almost impossible to define art in general, it is difficult to define Photography or Art Photography. Maybe you can put it this way:
When the photographer behind an image aims not only to reproduce the given realistic and neutral result of the object, but to try to convey a personal expression and imagery. (Freely translated and reinterpreted by Jones, Bernard E. Cassell's cyclopaedia of photography. New York: Arno, 1973)
We usually divide the photo art into a couple of main areas:
- Art photographs taken by photographers (Classical Photography)
- Art photographs produced by general artists
In the former category we find documentary photographers such as Garry Winogrand, Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson and our Swedish photographers Christer Strömholm and Anders Petersen and fashion and portrait photographers such as Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Steven Klein, David LaChapelle, Peter Lindbergh, Robert Mapplethorpe and Steven Meisel as well as Swedes such as Hans Gedda.
In the latter category, general artists, we find artists such as Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Olafur Eliasson, Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson and Swedish artist Nathalia Edenmont. It is common for general artists to have a professional photographer take the picture for them or to use existing images.
Perhaps a third category – antique photographs – could be added, which is a special collector's area.
The collection, the basis of the Permanent Exhibition
Almost exclusively, with a few exceptions, our collection consists of photographers' photographs. Our collection consists of about 450 original photographs, all of which are signed, almost all are numbered, they are produced by the photographer himself. No printed exhibition copies copied to be exhibited. With few exceptions artisanal "Vintage Prints" in limited, signed edition. Many of them are unique, i.e. there is only one copy of them and most are available in very limited edition, 2 – 15 copies. The opposite of original photographs, for example, is unsigned, reproduced images in large editions. The work to collect the photographs in the collection has taken over 15 years.
The main part of the collection is fashion photography, but there are also portraits, photographs that count as contemporary art and documentary. For the most part, the photographs are made by internationally renowned photographers, but we have around 70 photographs of Swedish photographers.
The most famous international names are:
Steichen was a pioneer in photography. He trained in painting but began photography back in 1899. In the early 1920s he often appeared in Vouge, where his fashion photographs were groundbreaking. Later, Steichen became director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for many years.
Horst was a German-born American fashion photographer and was one of the former masters of photography. Best known for his glamorous images of women and fashion, Horst posed in detail for her models in elaborate, sophisticated tableaux. His unique aesthetic can be described as a mixture of surrealism and neoclassicalism with its reverence for ancient Greek ideals and a focus on form and mystery, with a lively sensuality.
Albert Watson is a Scottish photographer who mixes art, fashion and commercial photography who has made more than 200 covers for Vouge. Today working in New York with a large studio. He has expressed his photo philosophy as – the bigger personality, the simpler the photo – as his images reflect a simple versatility. Watson has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Milan. Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna. City Art Centre, Edinburgh. Photo Museum in Antwerp (FOMU. NRW Forum in Düsseldorf. Forma Galleria in Milan, Fotografiska in Stockholm and Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow. His photographs are part of the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. among others.
Falsterbo Photo Art Museum offers a museum shop where you can buy photo books, posters, postcards, specially selected interiors and accessories, as well as confectionery!