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Hi All I am coming to the end of my Summer stay in the North of Sweden and will soon be heading back to Brussels. One of the things I like to do whenever I am here is to visit the Vasterbotten Museum in Umea, which houses the Sune Jonsson Centre for Documentary Photography and usually has at least one really good exhibition to see. Sune Jonsson was a Hasselblad Master and spent most of his life documenting the life in Vasterbotten. This year’s exhibit of choice is the European Eyes on Japan – Japan Today exhibit volume 16. Now I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t heard of this project, I certainly hadn’t but it is really an impressive idea and is huge in its scope. Each year the curators invite one photographer from each country that is hosting the International City of Culture to photograph one of the Japanese Prefectures – I think there are 47 of those and this year it was Kochi. This project aims ot continue until all 47 prefectures have been visited and I believe that 35 have so-far been completed. Now this is a huge undertaking and very much a longitudinal study of contemporary Japan through the eyes of European Photographers. The two photographers involved this year are Nina Korhonen from Stockholm (I do think that it would have been more fitting to have had photographers from the actual city of culture, but maybe that is just too limiting … Umea does not have that many practicing Photographers) and Alexander Gronsky. Now, what made this exhibition stand out for me was the fact that Alexander Gronsky had shot his images in the Diptych format, a format which I am a big fan of and if you have followed my stories on exposure.co you will have seen that during my recent trip to Northern Scandinavia I was shooting on Film using my Fuji GX680 specifically for this format (and the Triptych, of course) so I was interested to see the format in a major gallery like this. I believe that this method of presenting Photographs is dying out in this digital age so it was with a real pleasure that I saw Gronsky’s work for this incredible project. If you get the chance to see this exhibit then I strongly suggest that you do, it is on at the Vasterbotten museum until September and then moves to Kochi Prefecture in Japan, it has already been to Riga and beyond these opportunities I am not sure what other option there will be. I hope that it does reach a wider audience than this it is really a great concept for the documenting of an entire nation in this way! You could order the catalogue from the museum I guess, it only cost me 15 euros. If you do see it then do let me know what you think. The image that I have included here is actually from Norbotten (the Northernmost region of Sweden) near Jokkmokk, taken one evening around Easter looking towards the Sarek National Park. The road just ends here and you have to go on foot or snowmobile into the national park (or helicopter!). Dave

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