Gerry Johansson


Born 1945 in Örebro, Sweden.
Lives and works in Höganäs, Sweden.

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 Johansson’s works can only be found in the deeper layers. 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. 

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.

His 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.

American Winter









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


Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Museet for Fotokonst, Brandt, Denmark

Victoria&Albert Museum, London, UK

The Swedish Art Council

Awards, Grants and Residencies

Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s Award, 2012

Awarded with Region Skånes Kulturpris, 2011

KW Gullers Grant, Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, 2011

Grant from the Swedish Institut, Tokyo 2004


At home in Sweden, Germany and America, 2020

Meloni Meloni, 2020

Halland, 2019

Borås, 2019

Härryda Kommun, 2018

America Revised, 2018

American Winter, 2018

Supplement: Deutschland, 2018

Tyre Choice, 2017

Tokyo, 2016

Ravenna, 2016

Tree Stone Water, 2015

Antarktis, 2014

Hattfabriken/Luckenwalde, 2012

Deutschland, 2012

Ölgunda, 2012

God Jul och Gott Nytt År önskar Ann och Gerry, 2011

Pontiac, 2011

Dalen, 2010

America Special Edition Ulan Bator, 2009

Fyrbodal Kvidinge, 2007

Sverige (Sweden), 2005

America, 1998

Amerikabilder 1962-93, 1995

Från Skåne, 1992

Trivia, 1992

Betong, 1992

Halland. 30-tal och 80-tal, 1985

Gerry Johansson. Fotografier 1976-81, 1980

Solo and Group Exhibitions

Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2024

Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2024

Riksidrottsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2023

Landskrona Foto, Landskrona, Sweden, 2022

Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden, 2022

Spazio Hea, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, 2021

Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2021

Spazio Labo, Bologna, Italy 2020

Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2020

Galleri PingPong, Malmö, Sweden 2020

ICO Foundation, Madrid, Spain 2019

Framed Landscape, Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2019

Abecita Museum of Modern Art, Borås, Sweden 2019

MiCamera, Milan, Italy 2019

Spazio Hea, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy 2019

In Dialogue with Strömholm, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2018

Galerie f 5,6, Munich, Germany 2018

Nemeshallen, Mölnlycke, Sweden 2018

Kunsthalle Rostock, Solo exhibition, Germany 2018

Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2018

Galeri VU, Paris, France 2017

Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2017

Vàng, Ronneby Kulturhus, Ronneby, Sweden 2017

Only Photography, Berlin, Germany 2016

Neva Books, Rimforsa, Sweden 2016

Art Musuem Halland, Halmstad, Sweden 2014

Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden 2015

Galerie f5,6, München, Germany 2015

Land. Museumbyggningen, Köpenhamn, Denmark

SI Fest # 23, Savignano, Italy 2015

Looking On, Ravenna, Italy 2015

Freelens Galerie, Hamburg, Germany 2013

FotoDoks, München, Germany 2013

Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia 2013

Galerie Wouther van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2013

MiCamera, Milano, Italy 2012

Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden 2012

SI Fest # 21, Savignano, Italy 2012

Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, Bryssel, Belgium2012

Skarliden Galleri, Vara, Sweden 2012

Landskrona Museum, Landskrona, Sweden 2010

Galleri 912, Kåseberga, Sweden 2011

Galleri KG52, Stockholm, Sweden 2009

GunGallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2009

Steneby Konsthall, Dals Langed, Sweden 2009

Galleri Magnus, Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden 2009

Konsthallen/ Hamnmagsinet, Varberg, Sweden Musei di Nervi, Genua, Italy 2009

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

Konstföreningen Aura, Lund, Sweden 2008

Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden 2008

Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou City, China 2008

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

Galleri Birgersson, Halmstad, Sweden
Galleri Hornbaek, Denmark 2006

Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2006

Box Galleri, Gothenburg, Sweden 2005

Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden 2005

MV Fotogallerie, Schwerin, Germany 2005

Nordisk Ministerråds Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark 2004

Musee De Vere, Conches, France
Centre Culturel, Suedoise, Paris, France Le Blue de Ciel, Lyon, France 2004

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

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon 2002

European Eyes of Japan, Museum of Art, Matsuyama, Japan 1999

Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland 1999

Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden 1999

Deutsches Architektur-Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 1998

Galleri Annexet, Malmö, Sweden 1998

Galleri F 48, Stockholm, Sweden

Bildhuset, Stockholm, Sweden 1997

Roséum, Malmö, Sweden 1992

Malmö Kunsthall, Malmö, Sweden 1992

Fotografiska Museet i Moderna Musset, Stockholm, Sweden 1992

Museet i Varberg, Varberg, Sweden 1989

Danmarks Fotomuséum,Odense, Denmark 1989

Fotografiska Muséet i Moderna Muséet, Stockholm, Sweden 1985

PPS Gallerie, Hamburg, Germany 1983

Fotografiska Muséet i Moderna Muséet, Stockholm, Sweden (Solo)

Photografers Gallery, Cardiff, UK 1981

Palais des Beaux-Art, Bryssel, Belgium

Galleri 1+1, Helsingborg, Sweden 1980