Gerry Johansson

March 7, 2002 - March 30, 2002

Natchez, Mississippi
1993

Image © Gerry Johansson

La Crosse, Montana
1993

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Ross, North Dakota
1993

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Zell, South Dakota
1996

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Anaconda, Montana
1996

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Barnesville, Minnesota
1996

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Cairo, Georgia
1993

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Chicago, Illinois
1996

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Gettysburg, South Dakota
1996

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Grey Bull, Wyoming
1996

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Hoboken
1996

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Hoven
1996

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Killgore, Texas
1993

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1994

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Mccook, Colorado
1996

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Meeteetse, Wyoming

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Montgomery, Alabama

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New York, New York
1996

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Peetz, Colorado
1996

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
1996

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Selma, Alabama
1993

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St Paul, Nebraska
1996

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Texarkana, Texas
1993

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Gerry Johansson


Growing up as a teenager in Sweden Johansson had many influences of American culture. He listened to Miles, Coltrane, Mingus and Dolphy, read MAD magazine and watched a lot of American films. When he was 17 he spent a year with relatives in New Jersey. He writes, “In my contact with American youth I always felt that I had a very different idea of what America was. In my opinion they had missed the whole point of being part of the American culture.” This experience culminated 30 years later in “Amerika,” Johansson’s photographic series and book on what America feels like to him. He writes, “Nothing beats standing on a street corner watching something you don’t quite understand.” His black and white images reflect American culture and ideology from the mid-west, south, north, east and west coasts, as seen through his Swedish eyes.