The black and white photography of Gerry Johansson has been much exhibited and published over the years. Not surprising as Johansson has been on the scene for some time, beginning his career as a graphic designer in the late 1960’s and founding the publishing company Fyra Förläggare (responsible for magazines like Aktuell Fotografi) before concentrating on his own work. Johansson had his first solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in 1982 and now 31 years later we see his most recent, at Malmö Konsthall.

Johansson’s work is concerned with the city and landscape, more interested in the footprint and detritus of humans rather than the humans themselves. His images convey a sense of place, he photographs as he walks around a landscape noticing everyday quirks in the world, the cartoonish arrangement of tyres on the white lines of a race track, the black witch hat roofs of a squat house or the drunken sag of a down-at-heel trailer. The photographs are often taken at eye level, with a constant focal length with the processing is still completed using analogue methods in the darkroom They have a sharply brutal elegance, part composed artwork, part travelogue or perhaps cinematic still – suggesting obscure narrative.

For this exhibition in Malmö, Johansson is showing three photographic series: Ulan Bator, Pontiac and Småland. Ulan Bator was created in 2009 after Johansson watched the documentary film Letter from Siberia (1957) by Chris Marker and travelled to Mongolia to find a street corner which features in a recurring scene in the film. He never found it but kept up his daily photographic journeys and, through the resulting body of images, found an unexpected way to discover the landscape and film as he had originally intended. Pontiac (2011) examines the effects of the global recession on the small town of Pontiac. Part of the crashed automotive industry along with Michigan and Detroit, Pontiac is depicted in its depressed state – abandoned, empty and lost.

Småland is less of a finished project and more of a work in progress. He has visited and photographed more than 1,000 locations in Sweden since 1990, adding new ones every year. Small places captured in idiosyncratic detail, Johansson is building an archive of the country. An archive that captures a moment in time, the personality of our roads, streets and fields and also wider issues of the built environment and the social history of Sweden.

Gerry Johansson: Photography opens on April 5th and runs until June 15th 2014.

AuthorSacha Waldron

There’s lots of open calls for photographic exhibitions/projects currently being advertised. Below is just a sample of what’s on offer, you should find something here no matter what your skill level or experience. Just do it!


 4th Singapore International Photography Festival – SIPF 2014

The deadline for this is Monday, so soon! They are looking for submissions from photographers worldwide. In addition to the open call, there is a themed call for a showcase exhibition “An Ocean of Possibilities”.

With no specific genre, theme, subject, the Open Call is a survey on the trend, the concern, the approach, the practice, the idea, the concept employed by the photographers worldwide.

The 4th SIPF curators – Dr Charles Merewether, Dr Adele Tan, Tay Kay Chin, and Alexander Supartono will select 40 photographers from the submissions. Based on exhibition sites, each curator will critically select the works, and curate the works based on theme or subject matters, or g approaches, or even by geographical region.

Across oceans, Noorderlicht and SIPF collaborate on a themed open call titled “An Ocean of Possibilities”. With this special open call, we seek to create wider audience, and likewise to pose a good challenge for the practicing professionals The selected works made by both festivals will simultaneously exhibit in The Netherlands and Singapore in 2014. We hope this collaboration will establish a deeper discussion on photography across two continents, and to create possible opportunities for participating photographers.

Deadline: March 31, 2014


Marburae Gallery of Macclesfield, Cheshire

Marburae Gallery is looking for submissions from photographers for a photography exhibition taking place in February & March 2015. It’s a long way away but the deadline is soonish (14th may 2014).

There doesn’t appear to be a specific theme or type of work they are looking for and it can be existing work or a proposal for a new project. Send 10 images of your work to along with the title, dimensions, price inclusive of 25% commission and any specific requirements for hanging. They also ask you to include a brief statement about you and what makes your work different. There are no submission fees.


2014 Mail ART+ Exhibition


Not specifically photographic based, all mediums are welcome but they specify the format they want as 4” x 6”(10cm x 15cm) or 5'' x 7’’ (12.5cm x 17.5cm) so it suggests 2D or paper-based.  International visual artists are invited to submit work for Mail ART+ Exhibition which is being held in the Strasbourg Central Station, France, from 1st of June to 1st of July 2014.

The exhibition theme is ‘Borders’ and they want to examine the different types of borders that our mind can intercept. Borders between territories, between minds, between cultures, between states of mind, between people etc.

No reproductions or photocopies; original signed artwork only. Include name, mailing address, e-mail address, title and medium with each work. Multiple entries allowed (up to 4)
The entries must be individually submitted thought the postal system. No e-mail submissions accepted.
No returns, no fees.

Mail entries to: M.DIMOVART+16 rue Schnitzler67000 StrasbourgFrance




Python Arts Festival

Python Arts Festival takes place from Saturday 20th July to Saturday 3rd August in four locations across the North of England - Warrington, Bolton and Teesside. 
One of the main strands of the festival will be the 
Open Exhibition with individual cash prizes awarded to winners from each venue.  In addition to these prizes there is the opportunity for the winners to showcase their work in a touring exhibition across all four galleries in 2014.   

They are looking for both new and existing photographic work completed within the last 3 years. The call isn’t limited to photography so could be a good opportunity to submit work that mises different mediums. Download the application form from here:


Photoworks: Open call for photographic essays

This looks like quite a nice opportunity, the deadline is soon – 14 April 2014. Photoworks have partnering FotoDocument and BioRegional to commission ten public space photo essays launching during Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and to remain in situ for ten months.

Each of the ten essays will be themed on one of the principles of One Planet Living and works will be installed in a corresponding key public space in Brighton & Hove. The exhibitions will collectively form an ‘arts story trail’ around the city and be accompanied by a map and literature to illustrate the route and significance.

Submissions are welcomed from established and emerging photographers who are not in full time education. To apply, photographers must be at least 18 years old, live in the UK and have a valid UK bank account.

Each selected photographer will receive a fee of £2.5k to include travel and subsistence. Further funds are available to cover printing and installation costs.

For more info go here:


Summertime themes from The Fake Tan Salon.

The Fake Tan Salon is a series of photographic exhibitions featuring SECOND HAND SUNSHINE and BLUES-BUSTING BLUE SKIES to combat winter horribleness. It’s a bit naff but they are looking for summer/sunshine/generally uplifting photographs. The good thing is they are looking for photographs on the cheaper side of printing, they need physical copies but are accepting regular 6x4 or home printed submissions. Remember to add your name to the back of the images and mail them here:

23 Carter House
Brune Street
E1 7NN
Deadline for submissions: 9.4.13

Selected images will be framed and exhibited at a London gallery in April. Details TBA. Photos will be auctioned off for a minimal fee to help cover the costs of frames, cocktail umbrellas and putting on the exhibition. If there is any profit it will go back into the next exhibition.



SPILL National Platform 2014.

This one is for artists at the beginning of their career and living in the UK or Ireland. SPILL are looking for a broad range of mediums (experimental performance, sound, film, video, installation or activist actions) but they are also looking for new media/digital practices

SPILL Festival 2014 takes place from 29 October - 2 November 2014 and presents 35 SPILL National Platform artists across a range of spaces in Ipswich, Suffolk as part of SPILL Festival. 

Each artist selected for the Platform will receive an inclusive fee of £200, plus accommodation for the Festival, a contribution to travel, and a package of in-kind support worth over £1000.

For more details and how to apply visit:
Deadline: Midday on Monday 28th April 2014.



AuthorSacha Waldron