Gerry Johansson


American Winter




Gerry Johansson is a reserved but investigative photographer. In his grayscale images, composed down to the last detail, he visualizes a phenomenon that is often understood as an abstract, elusive concept: Culture. Or, to be more precise, the cultural differences between the locations portrayed – no matter how subtle they may be. The true meaning of Gerry Johansson’s works can only be found in the deeper layers of what is shown. For decades he has traveled to countless places all over the world, some relatively close like the Swedish Kvidinge, others far away like the Mongolian Ulan Bator or the city of Pontiac in the Midwestern United States.  Although these places could hardly be more different, he always returned with a collection of similar pictures. Gerry Johansson’s independent visual language is the central thread that connects the places aesthetically with each other. At the same time, however, it also represents the key that enables the viewer to decode the cultural differences in what is shown.

Born in 1945 in Örebro, Sweden, Gerry Johansson’s interest in photography began to develop as a teenager. After a stay in New York for several years in the early 1960s, he first studied graphic design at the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden. After graduating in 1969, he worked as a graphic designer for 15 years before dedicating himself completely to photography in the mid-1980s.

Johansson’s works have been exhibited several times in renowned institutions such as the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany. Gerry Johansson lives in Höganäs in southern Sweden. Gerry Johansson lives in Höganäs in southern Sweden.

Born in 1945 in Örebro, Sweden. He lives in Höganäs in southern Sweden.


1969 Graphic Design at School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg, Sweden


2018 “In Dialogue with Strömholm”, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin

Galerie f 5,6, Munich, Germany

Nemeshallen, Mölnlycke, Sweden

Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany (Solo)
Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, NL

2017 Galeri VU, Paris, France
Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, NL

Vàng. Ronneby Kulturhus, Ronneby 2016 Only Photography, Berlin, Germany

Neva Books, Rimforsa, Sweden
2015 Art Musuem Halland, Halmstad, Sweden 2014 Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

Galerie f5,6, München, Germany
Land. Museumbyggningen, Köpenhamn, Denmark SI Fest # 23, Savignano, Italy
Looking On, Ravenna, Italy

2013 Swedish Photography, Berlin, Germany
Freelens Galerie, Hamburg, Germany

FotoDoks, München, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, NL

2012 MiCamera, Milano, Italy
Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden

SI Fest # 21, Savignano, Italy
Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, Bryssel, Belgium Skarliden Galleri, Vara, Sweden

2011 Landskrona Museum, Landskrona, Sweden 2010 Galleri 912, Kåseberga, Sweden
2009 Galleri KG52, Stockholm, Sweden

GunGallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Steneby Konsthall, Dals Langed, Sweden Galleri Magnus, Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden Konsthallen/ Hamnmagsinet, Varberg, Sweden Musei di Nervi, Genua, Italy

2008 Flamenska Galleriet, Borås, Sweden Double Elvis Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Konstföreningen Aura, Lund, Sweden
Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou City, China

2007 Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden

2006 Galleri Birgersson, Halmstad, Sweden
Galleri Hornbaek, Denmark

Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2005 Box Galleri, Gothenburg, Sweden

Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

M V Fotogallerie, Schwerin, Germany
2004 Nordisk Ministerråds Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark

Musee De Vere, Conches, France
Centre Culturel, Suedoise, Paris, France Le Blue de Ciel, Lyon, France

2003 Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden Centrum for Fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden

2002 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1999 European Eyes of Japan, Museum of Art, Matsuyama, Japan

Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland

Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
1998 Deutsches Architektur-Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Galleri Annexet, Malmö, Sweden

Galleri F 48, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 Bildhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

1992 Roséum, Malmö, Sweden
Malmö Kunsthall, Malmö, Sweden

Fotografiska Museet i Moderna Musset, Stockholm, Sweden 1989 Museet i Varberg, Varberg, Sweden

Danmarks Fotomuséum,Odense, Denmark
1985 Fotografiska Muséet i Moderna Muséet, Stockholm, Sweden
1983 PPS Gallerie, Hamburg, Germany
1982 Fotografiska Muséet i Moderna Muséet, Stockholm, Sweden (SOLO)
1981 Photografers Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

Palais des Beaux-Art, Bryssel, Belgium
1980 Galleri 1+1, Helsingborg, Sweden


2012 Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s award

2011 Awarded with Region Skånes Kulturpris

2011 KW Gullers Grant, Nordiska Museet, Stockholm

2004 Grant from the Swedish Institut, Tokyo


2018 Supplement: Deutschland / Gerry Johansson

2017 Tyre Choice

2016 Tokyo
2016 Ravenna
2015 Tree Stone Water
2014 Antarktis
2012 Hattfabriken/Luckenwalde


2011 God Jul och Gott Nytt År önskar Ann och Gerry

Pontiac 2010 Dalen

2009 America Special Edition Ulan Bator

2007 Fyrbodal Kvidinge

2005 Sverige (Sweden)
1998 America
1995 Gerry Johansson. Amerikabilder 1962-93

1992 Från Skåne


1985 Halland. 30-tal och 80-tal

1980 Gerry Johansson. Fotografier 1976-81