Photographs by J. H. Engstrom. Edited by Greger Ulf Nilson.
Steidl / Gun, Gottingen, 2008. 120 pp., 66 color illustrations, 12x9½".
Recent world events have dramatically
altered the cultural identity of
airports. Where once they connoted
excitement—the prospect of flight,
remote destinations, encounters—
today airports are loaded with very
different associations and anticipations.
Armed police officers, safety
regulations and restrictions only
heighten our feelings of insecurity.
Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport has
always been a special place for the
Swedish photographer J.H.
Engström. At the age of 10, he
moved to Paris with his parents, and
Charles de Gaulle was his first contact
with a world beyond his native
Sweden. The relocation created an
intense relationship to the city of
Paris, as well as to the Charles de
Gaulle and airports in general. For
the project CDG/JHE, Engström
spent three weeks isolated in an airport
hotel, photographing in and
between the terminals. The airport
became a place to observe public
behavioral habits at a crucial juncture
in its brief history.
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