Photobooks of 2016: Christer Ehrling
I bought my first book in 1986. It was Cafe Lehmitz by Anders Petersen, only because it was a little cheaper than The friends at Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm. My second book was Place Blanche. Since then, I have predominantly been drawn to books with a similar kind of restless energy, books that deal with human interaction and the condition of living. That is what I feel ties my selection together, something that became obvious when trying to motivate their place in my little stack of favorites.
Christer Strömholm – Poste Restante
It was the image world of Strömholm that made me pick up a camera over 30 years ago. Since then, I have returned to his well-known images over and over again, very much like visiting a dear friend for a little chat now and then. This classic book from 1967 is finally back in print, a blessing for us who can’t afford the first edition. It is still a vibrant book, it must have been viewed as something extraordinary when it first came out.
Many things have been said about this book already, and it’s hard to come up with a new angle. It takes us through Los Angeles, from the desert to the ocean. Like with In absence, this is a book that I will return to many times.
Christer Ehrling is a photographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He mixes personal work with commercial assignments and teaching. His first book, Asphalt Telegraph, was published by Journal in 2011.
Images – top: Bright Hours by Karl Henrik Edlund, below: By The River Of Kings by Jacob Aue Sobol