Anders Kristensson -
"Family and territory"
- After many years working with a serie of portraits of the swedish
population I wanted to continue with portraits in other countries in
Europe. I got a grant from the Hasselblad foundation to spend two month
in Grez sur Loing 70 km south of Paris.
I spent a lot of time driving around in the Paris region and started to
work in Bellville in the eastern part of Paris. This is a an area with a
lot of immigrants from north africa and from the other former french
colonies. I started to knock doors to get in touch with people and
sometimes I just put up my camera and flash in the street. As I was
realy bad in talking french in the beginning it was realy hard to explain what
I was doing but as my french improved everything went on easier. As a
result of my long presence in the Bellville area I got contact with the
local young criminal gang and I was accepted by them which meant they
did not rob me.
After the Bellvilleperiod I continued to work in smaller villages south
of Paris. Here people were much less suspicious which was the mayor
problem in Paris. I visited guipsy camps and found out that the polish
guestworkers in sweden are from portugal in france.
There was a hotel in bellville in a very bad shape with thick woodpooles
holding up the roof in the corridoors and almost no light. I sneeked in
and knocked on some doors to find out who lived here. There were many
families living here in a smallsmall rooms, I meet one family from
tunisia, they had two small children and just enough space for the
matresses on the floor to sleep on. After our conversation I asked if I
could make a portrait of them but they did not want to show their
disgrace in their present condition. This gave me the idea to call this
serie Family and Territory.
- Throughout the nineties, Anders Kristensson has been
absorbed in his "Portraits From an Unpopulated Country", an
on-going series of color portraits showing the people who
live in Sweden.
Kristensson studied anthropology at the University of Lund
1981-83 and later studied photography at the University of
Gothenburg 1987-90. Thanks to the number of grants
awarded to him, Kristensson has been able to travel widely
in Sweden in order to develop the "Portrait From an
Unpopulated Country". These trips, from his home town
Malmö in southern Sweden, are usually made in his small
car, crammed with photographic equipment, a generator,
sleeping bag etc.
In most cases, Kristensson becomes familiar with the people
he photographs. He spends time with them to learn more
about their way of life. When Kristensson feels they are
comfortable, he highlights them against their background.
Kristensson is much in demand as an exhibitor. In recent
years his busy schedule has included contributions to two
group shows at the Museum of Photography in Moderna
Museet, Stockholm, and in many other european countries.
- Contact: Anders Kristensson,