Refuge part of the photobook exhibition Publicerat at CFF – Centrum för fotografi in Stockholm.

We are happy to be part of the photobook exhibition Publicerat – Fotoboken i Sverige with the book “Refuge” and Syria: The War Within at CFF – Centrum för fotografi in Stockholm.

Vernissage Friday 8 February, kl 17–20. Place: gallery CFF, Centrum för fotografi, Tjärhovsgatan 44, Stockholm. Exhibitionism period 8/2–10/3. Gallery open: Wed–Fri 12–18. Sat–Sun 12–17. Exhibition produced by Hasselbladstiftelsen in cooperation with CFF, Fotoförfattarna/SFF, Fotoskolan STHLM och TMG Sthlm.


Guest speaker at Doc lounge Helsingborg

Doc Lounge-Gäst Olof Jarlbro

An exclusive depiction of the minds of war photographers -modern heroes who daily face the perishability of life and feed on death. The year is 1999. For the young Georgian Alex Kvatashidze, the war in Chechnya seems far away. This until he falls in love with a French photographer and only days after they meet, decide to accompany her to the war-torn Delegate. Immediately the dream of becoming a war reporter arises, something he unfortunately never succeeds in. On the other hand, he is given insights into their world for 13 years and depicts how occupational life affected them. “Why do you go to war if you do not need?” – may be one of the top questions the director Alex is trying to answer.

On the spot after the film, we have the warphotographer and Helsingborgare Olof Jarlbro, whose report has been seen in everything from “Esquire” to “Arbetaren” and who went illegally across the border to Syria to document the war.

6th sep.17.00 The doors and the bar open18.00 See You in Chechnya19.15 Olof Jarlbro LOCATION: The Tivoli, Copenhagen Island 1, HelsingborgENTRÉ: 70 SEK (60 SEK pre-purchase, 50 SEK / Stampus and AW-company)

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Photobook festival in the city of Chandigarh

India’s first photobooks festival “Kitab“concluded its second edition in the beautiful city of Chandigarh which is known for its architecture and green spaces. It’s great to be part of this unique event with my two latest books Syria the War Within and Refuge. I guess one of the beauties with photobooks they do connect people from all over the world…

The Kitab- India’s First Photobook Festival (2nd edition) Chandigarh from 9-11 August 2017 presenting 7 beautiful photobook exhibitions.

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Upcoming Events-Culture Thursday on Human Rights

Lecture Syria: The War Within and the refugees.
Olof Jarlbro will talk about his two latest books, human aspect of war and portraying war in pictures…
Thursday 16 feb 2017 18:00 – 20:00 Landskrona museum

Kids playing outside residential area, one of the apartment house was hit by regime missile.
The Syrian Civil War grew out of the unrest of the 2011 Arab Spring and escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad’s government violently repressed a revolt.

Review of Refuge in OmFotoboken

“The black and white pictures take us to the run-down camps where waiting and boredom prevails. Children and adults seated and located in the scantily furnished room. Time passes slowly while waiting for news from home or on what will happen in the new country. They do what you need and nothing else. Clothes should be washed and food to be cooked. The pictures are still compositions exude silence in a way that loudly contrasts with the war existence, the people have fled…“

Anders Alm

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“A book about people, not about refugees..” Review of Refuge

In Czech Newspaper Pravo and Novinky by Jan Šída.

A book about people, not about refugees.

The book of Swedish photographer Olof Jarlbro, called Refuge, deals with the issue of people who escape from misery, poverty and war. All images are black and white because its display a form that are expressive and raw. It is important for capturing atmosphere.

Refuge word can be translated as a refuge or shelter. The first chapter Shattered homes in Syria (Shattered homes in Syria) shows the devastated streets of the city, people who stumble among the rubble, and the ubiquitous guns. But it is just a visual prelude to another material.
Above each image, although it raises the specter of death, but runs parallel to ordinary life. Before bombed the house of a man standing with a Kalashnikov in one hand while the other offers something to eat for passing cat. On another picture posing cocooned Free Syrian Army fighter determinedly holding an automatic rifle AK-47 and looking to somewhere through the photographer behind the event horizon.
The second chapter consists of reportage images of the Bulgarian refugee camps, in which dwells Syrian refugees. Although we cannot see them with any weapons or devastated homes, their oppressive atmosphere. They capture the devastated human lives, using the most ordinary objects. Shopping bag with food hanging on the bars open window, laundry hanging on a clothesline in a desperately barren room or unmade beds have devastating symbolism. And everywhere they reside above all human beings, then to migrants or refugees.
Jarlbro is observant photographer, has an eye for detail and expressive shortcut. He understands the appeal of symbols can evoke in the viewer a lot more emotion than superficially with horror depicted on directives. People are probably already fed up with the world’s disasters, they see every night on television and melts them (maybe) latent allegory.  Jan Šída.

A book about people, not about refugees

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