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Örjan Henriksson
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Henriksson's quiet, formal compositions are near-perfect meditations on shape, light, shadow and texture.

Some of his images bring to mind early masters like Paul Strand and Aaron Siskind.

A contemporary master, Anders Petersen, wrote this about Henriksson's work:

"This spring I had the opportunity to see Örjan Henriksson´s photographs for the first time. In these days, when critics and media excel in postmodernist comments of the correct opinion, Henriksson´s pictures seem surprisingly naked and liberating.

"At first sight one might be tempted to call them registering or documentary, but what they describe is rather a photographic room placed in the borderland of the sacred.

"In their disciplined form and handling of the light they charge me with an astonishing energy and invite the observer to a journey, different and meditative, not unlike music, but an empathetic one."

Henriksson seems to have the eye and the patience to wait for just the right moment for the light to rake over a scene, accentuating texture, warping lines and celebrating the senses. The way he frames his compositions is impeccable.

It was a joy for me to meet him this spring, as well, during portfolio reviews at FotoFest Houston this year. He is a humble, talented man, and definitely someone to watch.

Jim Casper / Lens Culture




”He is a true proffessional in his medium, his work is very sensitive and reflects a unique style towards his subjects. I have never worked with an individual that had such a natural ability towards balance, lighting, contrast and all the artistic elements that make for a great photographer. His work is strong but very sensitive.
He is obviously much more than a photographer. His images almost come to live. This is one charesteristic that only a true proffessional can master and understand.”
David Noblett, Joplin


There is a vulnerability, a refinement and a intuition in Henriksson that is conveyed clearly by the exhibition. The architectural series, the largest series in the exhibition, features striking shots of geometric shapes, shadows and light. The combination makes for visually stunning pieces.
Rebecca Casey, Oklahoma Gazette

 

”This spring I had the opportunity to see Örjan Henriksson´s photographs for the first time. In these days, when critics and media excel in postmodernistic comments of the correct opinion, Henriksson´s
pictures seems surprisingly naked and liberating.
At first sight one might be temtped to call them registering or documentary, but what they describe is rather a photographic room placed in the borderland of the sacred.
In their disciplined form and handling of the light they charge me with an astonishing energy and invite the observer to a journey, different and meditative, not unlike music, but an empathetic one.
Anders Petersen, Stockholm



      “Such is the photograph: it cannot say what it lets us see”. Roland Barthes.


While teaching me nothing – lost in the depths of Ojan Henriksson’s photographs – some un-tempered and intractable supplement, given as an act of grace, touched me

“like a delayed ray of a star”. Susan Sontag.

His exorbitant photographs render an intense hallucinatory ecstasy and as a spectator I felt strangely under the influence of an intoxicant, while at the same time lacerated by the defeats of time

“Every photograph is a catastrophe”. Roland Barthes.

“I entered crazily into the image, taking into my arms what is dead, what is going to
die”. Roland Barthes.

Orjan Henriksson’s beautiful photographs bring together in a Barthes like bouquet: photography, hallucinatory madness and something like the pangs of love in the modality of loss.

Orjan Henriksson’s photographs are not merely subject to the civilizing codes of perfect illusions but are awakenings on the way to the limit of the real.

Dr. Jean Matthee, London 

 

Abecita konstmuseum

”In the footseps of the Ikon Arnold Newman, in black and white, classic photography
following the intention; we dont take pictures with the camera but with our hearts and
the senses. So also does Henriksson, letting us see the soul of the persons or the landscapes,
restrained, exquisitely and meditative.”

Rolf Haglund, Borås Tidning