Jörgen Axelvall is a photographer and artist from
Sweden currently based in Tokyo.
Before moving to Tokyo in 2011, Axelvall lived and
worked in New York City for 15 years.
In September 2013, Axelvall was the international
winner of the prestigious New Exposure Award
presented by US Vogue and Bottega Veneta. The
exhibition and award ceremony was held at Openhouse
Gallery in Soho, New York City.
In March 2014, Jörgen Axelvall published his first
monograph together with an exhibition and installation
at Idol Aoyama in Tokyo, titled Instant Moments, and in
June 2014, Instant Moments was shown at the Swedish
Embassy in Tokyo.
In October 2014, Axelvall had a solo exhibition titled
Always Looking through Glass at 0fr. TOKYO Gallery.
In November 2014, Axelvall’s seven-year-long art
project I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo materialized
into an exhibition at Park Hyatt Tokyo with the
simultaneous release of a limited edition photo box,
designed and art directed by world-renowned book
designer Satoshi Machiguchi.
On opening night it was announced I was looking for
Park Hyatt Tokyo was chosen as a Jury Selection by the
18th Japan Media Arts Festival and was again shown at
the National Arts Center in Tokyo in February 2015.
開催した「NEW EXPOSURE 賞」の
2014年10月、『Always Looking through Glass』という
単独写真展を 0fr. TOKYO Galleryにて行いました。
『 I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo』の写真展を、
写真展の初日、この作品が第18 回 文化庁メディア芸術祭において、
2015年2月 『 I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo 』は
Worked with renowned photographers
Tokyo Shibuya-ku 150-0046
+81 80 4413 1972
May 16th 1972 in Löddeköpinge, Sweden
moved to Stockholm, Sweden
moved to NYC, USA
briefly lived in London, UK
moved to Tokyo, Japan
University of Lund, Sweden
Cultural Studies 1990-1991
Photographer’s assistant to Stefan Berg 1993-1996
New York USA 1996-2011
Photographer’s assistant, photographer and artist.
Ellen Von Unwerth www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_von_Unwerth
Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca www.arnaldoanayalucca.tumblr.com
Mikael Jansson www.wilsonwenzel.com
Christian Witkin www.christianwitkin.com
Steven Sebring www.stevensebring.com
and many more…
Clients of interest
Worked with the design of Steven Sebring’s book Bygone Days (published 2005), an award-winning collection of photographs of rural life in South Dakota from 1904–1959.
Worked with Steven Sebring’s book Lalanne (2006), a book of photographs of sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne and their respective works of art, released in conjunction with their 2007 New York exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Worked on the movie Patti Smith: Dream of Life, directed by Steven Sebring and produced by Steven Sebring and PBS. In Patti Smith: Dream of Life, Jörgen Axelvall is credited as assistant camera as well as a sound engineer. The movie won several awards, among others “Best CinematographyxAward” at the Sundance Film Festival where it was also nominated for the “Grand
Jury Award”. At the Durban International Film Festival it won “Best Documentary”.
Produced, filmed and edited a visually poetic, documentary style film, titled Sometime in Tokyo, following Patti Smith (and Steven Sebring) in Japan. Sometime in Tokyo was added to the Japanese DVD of Patti Smith: Dream of Life, released by Transformer Inc. in Japan in 2009.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life was nominated for a “Prime Time Emmy” at the Emmy Awards in USA.
Moved to Tokyo. Arrived at the exact minute of the Great Tohoku Earthquake
present Started collaborating with Tama Art University artist Nile Koetting on various photography, book and video projects and editorials for numerous magazines.
Joined Odalisque Magazine’s editorial staff with the art blog Okonomiyaki
Joined SuperSonic Action Management (later W inc.), the leading agency for creators in Japan.
International winner of the prestigious “New Exposure Award” presented by US Vogue and Bottega Veneta. The exhibition and award ceremony was held at Openhouse Gallery in Soho, NYC. Collaborating with Vogue US and Vogue Japan and Bottega Veneta, both US and Japan.
Started collaborating with Japan’s most prolific poet Mutsuo Takahashi. Takahashi composed original poetry to Jörgen Axelvall’s images for a forthcoming book and exhibition project called Go To Become.
Published his first monograph, released together with an installation and exhibition at Idol Aoyama in Tokyo in March, all titled Instant Moments.
Instant Moments was shown at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.
Solo exhibition Always Looking through Glass at 0fr. TOKYO Gallery.
Started working as Tokyo Liaison Editor for Odalisque Magazine. First issue, Odalisque M1 is released in NYC in October.
Published I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo, a selection of 44 images from a 7-year long project, encased in a limited edition photo-box, designed and art directed by renowned book designer Mr. Satoshi Machiguchi. The book release was held together with an exhibition at Park
Hyatt Tokyo. On opening night it was announced that the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival had chosen I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo as a Jury Selection.
I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo was shown at the National Arts Center in Roppongi, Tokyo, together with other award winning works of the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival. The exhibition attracted some 60,000 visitors.
Bottega Veneta Japan
The Walt Disney Company, Japan
Coach Leatherware Company Inc., USA
Bunka Publishing, Japan
Max Pittion Eyewear, USA
gorman clothing, Australia
Joe Fresh, Canada
Transformer Japan Inc.
Patti Smith, USA
Vivienne Tam, Japan
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan
The Hepstar Clothing, Japan
Blondy Apparel advertising, Japan
Blondy ReLISH advertising and catalog, Japan
Jman x Human Collaboration, The Philippines
Published Magazine Work
Commercial Photo Japan
4 SEE Magazine, Germany
Men’s Club, Japan
Leon Magazine, Japan
Hunter Fashion Magazine, Italy
Tangent Magazine, Australia
Kenton Magazine, UK
62ND Floor Art Magazine, UK
REVS Magazine & REVS Digital, Finland, NYC
Fashion Edge, Japan
Supplementaire Art & Fashion Magazine, UK
Odalisque Magazine, Sweden, NYC
Fucking Young!, Spain
f fotografisk tidsskrift, Sweden
AIE Magazine, France
Plaza Magazine, Sweden
Groove Magazine, Japan
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