Winner 2015: JH Engström
JH Engström is honoured with the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 with his project titled „Tout Va Bien” and will receive a cash prize of 25,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.
„Tout Va Bien“ does not handle a concrete subject in the traditional sense. The Swedish photographer JH Engström intends his project to be seen much more as visual poetry – a photographic narrative with strong autobiographical elements. Despite this, it does not exclusively depict aspects of his own life. „Tout Va Bien“ is a sequence of widely differing images.
The winning series includes both portraits and landscapes, as well as bizarre snapshots like the photograph of the birth of his twins. The photographer also switches between exposures in black and white and colour. Engström plays with contrasts and leaves it to viewers to find their own ways of reading and interpreting each picture.
J. H. Engström
JH Engström was born in Karlstad, Värmland (Sweden) in 1969. He graduates from the photography and film department at Göteborg University in 1997. He also publishes his first book Shelter. In 2000, he travels throughout Europe and then moves to his native region Värmland where he continues working on the Trying to Dance project, which was published in 2004. He is shortlisted for the Deutshe Börse Photography Price for this book. He also starts working on a onehour documentary about his friend and colleague Anders Petersen for the Swedish television. He exhibits throughout Europe. In 2005, he starts filming his second documentary for the Swedish Television, a 30 minutes film, Bertil & Magan. Stay or go. He also graduates from Dramatic Institute, Advanced Course in Documentary Film making. Meanwhile, his photographic work was exposed in diverse galleries. In 2009 he was awarded Best photo book of the year at the Arles Photo festival together with Anders Petersen for the book From Back Home.
His seventh book La Résidence is released by Journal spring 2010 and is awarded the Goldene Letter by the Deutche Buch Stiftung. He is the 2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner with his project Tout va bien. JH Engström lives and works between his native region Värmland and Paris.