32 x 24 cm, 48p., 40 ill. B&W
Text and photographs by Gerry Johansson Design by Filippo Nostri and Anna Biagetti Printed and bound in Italy
Imagebeeld Edition, Brussels, September 2023
Gerry Johansson (b. 1945, Sweden) is known for his countless images, shot in and between different cities using a Rolleiflex, typically in black and white and in small format, as precise as they are discreet, frequently with a real graphic dimension, and occasionally imbued with a very subtle sense of humour.
In 1983, he embarked on a veritable photographic odyssey with the aim of meeting with editors, printers, and photographers, all the while producing his own images along the way. This was neither his first nor his last stay in the United States. However, on this occasion, he traded his 35mm-camera from the 1960s for a large-format camera that allowed him to move from “street photography” inspired by photographers like Walker Evans, Paul Strand, or Helen Levitt, to landscapes by capturing the vastness of the American countryside as he travelled. Every evening, from motel to motel, he developed his 8x10’’ negatives and even printed his contact sheets as a visual record of his journey. The book Coast to Coast, accompanying the eponymously titled portfolio, recounts this voyage. It includes a selection of images taken by Gerry Johansson in New York at the age of seventeen, as well as portraits of the photographers