LASSE MELLBERG

I started with photography when I was 13 years old. I did realize what it should mean for me to have a darkroom, my own space. And so it has been, the darkroom is my university. I do a lot of listening to the radio, different programs such radiotheater and documentaries.  In my military period I was working in a studio and photolaboratory.

I came to Biskops Arno (an art school outside of Stockholm) as a student in Sept 1975, here I met my mentor, who guided me in photo/art history. The school changed my life.

I studied in the other folkhighschool for two years to get my gymnasiumdiploma. During this period, I started to travel to a nearby place called Riddarhyttan, just for fun to take some pictures of the remaining buildings from the the mining years. And so it started…

In 1981 I came back as student in documentary photography to Biskops Arno. And started to work with the project of Riddarhyttan.

Between 1983 I worked as a photographer and assistant to a Swedish journalist and publicist. He had two magazines during this period: HIFI Music, and Modern Electronic.

During this period I  photographed a lot of jazz musicians. When I quit working for him I had to promise to not publish my jazz pictures for a long period. I had one small exhibition in Gothenborg in 2005.

In 1986 I moved to Örebro and begin learning different old photographic processes. I fell in love with the copper photogravure process. I did get fantastic support from the Culture Workers Administration in Örebro. They supported me for two years to learn the gravure process and the first part of my Riddarhytte project. I had to promise to do courses for them for Swedish printmakers in gravure. Which I did until they reorganized. 1989 – 1991 I did four courses, each three weeks.

The Riddarhytte Project

Me and a friend were in the old iron/copper mine, the last period when they searched for other minerals. My friend had been working in the mine for 15 years. So we were free to document the last period in the mine.

Intrested in old photos, I discovered a lot of material from a miningworker, Evert Jansson 1905 – 1982. 4,000 negatives of my work resulted in an exhibition in 1991 at the Photographic Museum, Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, and also a Book.

Since 1992 I work at Biskops Arno as a teacher.

Between 1994 – 2007 I worked with Jan Petterson in a research project of photogravure.

 

Artist statement

Reflections of light has always fascinated me. Memories and lost stories. Impressions and an open language. Photography is an outstanding tool. Exploring the history  of photography and surroundings around me and my life. Small notices and poetry of life and love. Give me ways to meet others and share experiences of my life.

The Black Faun Gallery Exhibition of Gumbichromate prints includes:

1.  Jazzportraits   B&W Classical some different tones.

2.  Tartu Estonia B&W Toned in classical styles

3.  Fine Art Digital Prints , “my dirty window”

4. Hommage Julia Cameron , Darkroomprints B&W

Wikipedia defines Gum bichromate printing as a 19th-century photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of dichromates. It is capable of rendering painterly images from photographic negatives. Gum printing is traditionally a multi-layered printing process, but satisfactory results may be obtained from a single pass. Any color can be used for gum printing, so natural-color photographs are also possible by using this technique in layers.

 

AVAILABLE WORKS

GALLERY EXHIBITION

LASSE MELLBERG & SARA KROON
AUGUST 2018