Peace & PhotoGraphics

Peace

Most people probably know me as a peace and conflict researcher. That has been my primary occupation since 1975. Since 1985 when my wife, Christina, and I established TFF – The Transnational Foundation for Peace And Future Research – that has been my primary organisation – although heading the Lund University Peace Research Institute, LUPRI, 1983-1989.

When you visit TFF, you’ll see a series of menus that will take you back to earlier homepages, from 1997 and onwards, when we began to use the Internet intensively. With some 7000 articles and posts, it is one of the largest collections of peace research anywhere; and all is free.

The menu above – Publications 1970- isn’t ready yet but I hope to offer the visitors here a more or less complete list of about 3000 works – books, book chapters, reports, debate articles, columns, commentaries (text and videos).

Those places cover what I do and have done as peace and future researcher.

Art photography – art photographics

My works since I went public as an art photographer in 2009 can be found on Oberg PhotoGraphics. It integrates all I do in this field and contains also links, portfolios, a shop, my work journal and much else.

I write Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog about contemporary art. Since the end of 2018, it is now exclusively about other artists’ works, exhibitions etc, not my own. You may take a look and follow it if you like.

I post things almost daily on Instagram and would be glad to have mutual following there.

I also curate a ‚ÄúGlobalArt ‚Äď Magazine for art photography and other art‚ÄĚ on Flipboard which is a new experience, particularly when you ‚Äúflip‚ÄĚ images and pages on your phone.

Connections

Peace + photography = peace photography? It’s not that direct and I am not working on it intentionally. But over time the two may become more closely connected.

One such example would be the Silk Peace Art Road Installation (SPAR) that I exhibited at the Vienna Biennale 2019. Another would be my documentary photography.

There is no doubt that we have enough images of violence 24/7. Neither that images increasingly catch attention and shape people’s worldviews while the propensity to read academic texts and the longer argument is rapidly decreasing.

However, the basic reason I do photography is that I feel an urge to and I want to do something that is more intuitive, joyful and experimental – using both sides of the brain. I’ve taken pictures since I was 7 and grew up with art collecting parents. I’ve followed the modern art world – as much as I could – for more than 60 years. That is my only “education” in that field whereas, in peace research, I have all the formal degrees and titles.

In Danish

At fotografere giver mig en særlig glæde. Man kan jo ikke være intellektuel hele tiden og jeg har brug for at arbejde med andre ting end krig og anden vold Р25-30% af min tid. Og gerne mere i fremtiden.

Mine to vigtigste steder i dag er:

1) Oberg PhotoGraphics – der gik op forud for √•bningen af mit atelier den 2-3. maj 2009 og siden er blevet fornyet totalt i 2013 og igen i august 2018. Her kan du ogs√• k√łbe kunstfotografiske arbejder til dig selv eller som gave online.

2) Min fotoblog, som jeg startede i 2011. Den handler om fotokunst og anden kunst, som andre skaber, men ikke om mine egne ting.

3) Jeg kuraterer ogs√• et online “flip” magasin for foto- og anden moderne kunst – GlobalArt.

4) Endelig poster jeg nye ting næsten dagligt på Instagram.

Og her er andre steder:

4) TFF РJan Oberg Photography der viser udvalgte ting 2003-2007, altså en slags arkiv.

5) Min fotohjemmeside har ogs√• en side p√• Facebook og jeg blir selvsagt glad hvis du vil “Like” den, g√łre den til en favorit hos dig selv og fort√¶lle dine venner om den.

6) En Twitter-side, der handler om både foto og fred.

Jeg har også en side på Flickr, men på den findes kun ting, der findes på de andre. Men man må jo være der!

Jeg har fotograferet siden jeg var 7 – film, dias og digitalt.

Siden efteråret 2007 har jeg satset mere på fotografi og oprettede 1).

I maj 2009 åbnede jeg foto-atelier og du er altid velkommen men kun efter aftale, da jeg ikke kan have faste åbningstider. Skriv til mig på jan@obergphotographics.com eller ring på 0046 738 525200.

Fred og fotografi = fredsfotografi? M√•ske! M√•ske kan det g√• op i en h√łjere enhed en dag? Vi har i alle tilf√¶lde mer end nok af billeder af volden.

Og s√• giver nogle af serierne glimt fra de steder, TFF og jeg har arbejdet. For eksempel blev serierne fra Irak f√łr bes√¶ttelsen et af de mest bes√łgte steder p√• TFF’s hjemmeside da USA og koalitionen indledte sin krig og bes√¶ttelse.

Velkommen til mit arbejde med fotografik!

One thought on “Peace & PhotoGraphics

  1. Hej Jan, tusind tak for dit langvarige arbejde for at st√łtte op om fredsarbejde. Med din interesse for fotografering vil jeg henvise til Roland Guenter’s bog fra 1977. Den hedder Fotografie als Waffe. Undertitel:Geschichte der sozialdokumentarischen Fotografie. M√•ske ikke lige centralt for din orientering udi fotokunsten, men st√¶rkt inspirerende. Med venlig hilsen fra Jan Kirstein i Esperg√¶rde.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.