Fotografiska, the photography gallery

The Fotografiska museum was one of the most highly recommended by friends when I had first arrived in Sweden. “It costs money, but its good,” was the common refrain.

I looked at the ticket prices 130 SEK per adult (that’s something like SGD 20)…

Cheapskate that I was, I decided I would visit the free museums first before spending money on the paid museums. You can imagine how awkward it when new people would arrive, and I would suggest Fotografiska from hearsay but not be able to say how good it actually was. But hey, I chose to be cheap 😉

It took almost a year before I found myself at the Fotografiska. A few of us had not been there, and after visiting a host of free museums (not all yet though), now seemed like a good time to check out this highly rated musuem.

The first thing about Fotografiska is that, despite its name, its not actually a museum. It is more a gallery of high-quality photography.

Housed in a warehouse built in 1906 along the Stockholm wharf (Stadsgarden), the brick building belies the modern architecture that the Fotografiska has been designed with on the inside.

Exhibited in this 5500 sqm exhibition space when we went there were two large exhibitions and two small ones. Each with very unique themes, I’ll briefly introduce them and share some photographs of photographs that I really liked.

The largest exhibition at present was entitled Like A Horse, a rather uniquely Swedish exhibition that sought to contrast masculine and feminine, dominant and submissive through the the medium of horses and photographs.



The other major exhibition was a collection of works from the famous professional, commerical photographer Irving Penn. This is a neat short video about Irving Penn.

A small exhibition space was given to the winner of the young Nordic Photographer of 2016, Akseli Valmunen who took pictures of the work of Dr Hwang Woo Suk a scientist who first obtained worldwide fame for being the first to create human embryonic stem cells which was later found out to be a fraud (Hwang now has a company that focuses on cloning pets).

There was also an exhibition of collaboration between a artist (Tina Berning) and a photographer (Michelangelo di Battista).

The cherry on top of the exhibits was an amazing cafe on the second floor opening up to a great view of Stockholm city.

Depending on who you ask, 130 SEK is either great value or too high. I happen to think that its just about right for the quality of the photographs and works on display, especially the works by Irving Penn and the collaboration between Tina Berning & Michelangelo di Battista.




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