Jens Olof Lasthein: White Sea Black Sea

  May 2009

Kegostrov, Arkhangelsk, Russia 2005 © Jens Olof Lasthein

The Gallery of Photography is proud to present the Irish premiere of new work by Danish photographer Jens Olof Lasthein. This acclaimed colour work brings the viewer on a visual journey along Europe’s eastern borders. It presents a fascinating view of life in little-known regions ranging from Arkhangelsk on the White Sea in the north, to Odessa on the Black Sea, in the south.

This intense, beautiful and moving project is the result of nearly 20 years’ work, with most of the images taken over the six years 2001-2007. Lasthein uses a panoramic camera, normally associated with pure landscape photography, but his interest is clearly in the people, and the world of human experience that he encounters. His pictures teem with life – each lucid moment he captures succeeds in bringing together paradoxical forces: the images have the intimate, homely spontaneity of a family album, while at the same time they evoke also the broader context, the sweeping changes and uneasy transitions currently transforming the lives of the people of these areas.

About the artist: Born in Sweden in 1964, Lasthein grew up in Copehagen. After school he travelled in Asia and eastern Europe, and worked in a shipyard and as a busdriver before studying photography in Stockholm and has been a freelance photographer ever since. As well as White Sea Black Sea, his books include Moments in Between (1994-99), photographing before, during and after the wars in former Yugoslavia, which won the ETC Photo Award 2001. He has received numerous other awards, most recently the Museum of Work Prize for Phtoography 2008. He is represented by Silver picture agency, Stockholm.  See

Event:The photographer will give a Public Talk about his work on Wednesday May 6th at 6pm. All welcome. Supported by the Embassy of Denmark, Dublin. Signed copies of White Sea, Black Sea (hb 178pp) are available in the Gallery Bookshop at €33.

All events and access to the Gallery are free.

For further information, press scans or to interview the artist, please contact: Tanya Kiang, Gallery of Photography 353-1-6714654,

Jens Olof Lasthein introducing his exhibition "White Sea Black Sea" held at the Gallery of Photography in 2009.

Jens Olof Lasthein introducing his exhibition “White Sea Black Sea” held at the Gallery of Photography in 2009.