Share

Two Ways to See Erik Johansson’s Photo Fantasies

Erik Johansson’s photographic fantasies take us to places that are impossible, yet somehow familiar. He achieves that blend of the surreal and the ordinary in part by building compositions from his own carefully planned photos of everyday objects, which he transforms in Adobe Photoshop CC.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Stockholm sometime between February 26 and April 10, 2016, you can see 25 of Johansson’s works displayed at the Fotografiska gallery in an exhibition called Imagine: Created Reality. The images date as far back as 2008 and include some never-before-published work. You’ll also be able to watch several short films that show Johansson’s creative process.

Those of us who won’t be in Sweden at the right time have an attractive alternative: A new book, Imagine, will also make its debut on February 26. The 112-page publication features text by Göran Segeholm and 50 of Johansson’s works of art, including the new pieces that will be in the exhibition. Imagine measures 27x25cm (approximately 10.5x9.5in) and costs £19.95 (about US$29).

The cover of a new book by Erik Johansson,
This image, Don't Look Back, was created by Erik Johansson.

The book cover (left) and an inside image, "Don't Look Back" (above).

This image by Erik Johansson is called
Erik Johansson's

Two works from the book: "Reverberate" (left) and "Set Them Free" (above).

This is the first book to focus solely on Johansson’s photocompositions, but given his continuing high level of creativity, I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last.

For a special serving of Erik Johansson art and insight, come back to the Create website on February 17. We’ll post an article about a new piece he created for us and launch a contest that challenges you to make your own unique artwork with the same assets Johansson used. The contest judge? Johansson himself!