For over twenty years, Swedish photographer JH Engström has lived and worked in Paris, a city that, like New York, has a long photographic pedigree; countless photographers have been inspired by its iconic architecture and busy streets. Sketch of Paris, however, is hardly a catalog of classic Parisian scenes, offering instead a raw yet lyrical portrayal of the artist’s misadventures, loves, and random encounters in its streets, bars, and artist lofts—an entirely personal Paris. Engström brings us on a gritty, no-holds-barred guided tour of life in his adopted city. The photographs provide a type of homage to Paris, a city that has greatly influenced and inspired Engström—as a photographer and as a person. Beautifully produced in a slipcased volume, the book brings together 250 color and black-and-white photographs all made between 1991 and 2012, tracing a critical time during the development of the artist’s own voice and vision.
JH Engström (born in Karlstad, Värmland, Sweden, 1969) spent the early portion of his life and photography career between Sweden and France. After assisting Mario Testino in Paris and Anders Petersen in Stockholm, he received his formal education from Gothenburg University in Gothenburg, Sweden, graduating in 1997. Engström has produced several photobooks, including Trying to Dance (2004), Haunts (2006), CDG/JHE (2008), From Back Home (with Anders Petersen, 2009) and La Résidence (2009). Engström is the recipient of grants from such institutes as the Swedish Art Council, the Swedish Authors’ Foundation, and the Hasselblad Center. In 2005, he was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his book Trying to Dance. He is represented by Galerie VU, Paris, and by GUN Gallery, Stockholm.