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ABOVE: HELENE SCHMITZ, AESTHETICS OF VIOLENCE , FROM THE SERIES “THINKING LIKE AMOUNTAIN,” 2017 / © HELENE SCHMITZ RIGHT: BATHTUB, NAOMI CAMPBELL AND KATE MOSS (FOR VOGUE US), 1996 BY ELLEN VON UNWERTH

darkroom manager for a newspaper, they learned to create and develop images in their father’s darkroom at a very young age. This sparked their life-long passion for the process of making images – from idea to eye to shutter to print. The first Fotografiska opened in 2010 in a sprawling Art-Nouveau building on the waterfront in Stockholm. The opening exhibition featured striking views of the city and works by Annie Leibovitz, Vee Speers, Joel Peter-Wilkin and Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. The exhibit quickly became the talk of the town. Less than a decade later, Fotografiska Tallinn in Estonia opened in June 2019, with an exhibit by the Beijing- born Chinese artist and Director Yang Fudong, titled “Moving The Mountains.” The show examined the contemporary context of Chinese mythology. Inspired by 4th-Century Chinese Taoist text “Liezi,” a parable that tells the story of

an old man who decides to crush two mountains to block the access to his house to help his children and grandchildren live a better life. The unrealistic goal is served by the man’s unwavering belief that after his death this

work will be completed by his descendants and their descendants. The show is currently breaking attendance records in Estonia. “Our original mission stays true no matter where we are opening in the world – we are building this space to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography,” says Newman. “There will occasionally be Swedish photographers that we exhibit, such as Helene Schmitz in our inaugural lineup, but each Fotografiska location has its own character and is designed to fit into its

home city. Fotografiska New York will be distinctly New York, and we can’t wait to introduce it to the city.” * Fotografiska New York: 281 Park Ave. South, NY, NY 10017 fotografiska.com/nyc –– Christy Smith-Sloman’s writing has appeared in Marie Claire, The Hollywood Reporter, Essence, Yahoo! and CBSSports.com among other publications. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM 91

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