On November 23, 2018, the famous Düsseldorf gallery owner Alfred Schmela would have celebrated his hundredth birthday. To mark this occasion, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is organizing an exhibition that shows the wide-ranging network of this “pioneer of the avant-garde.”

Hans-Olav Forsang

Human Tonic

Human Tonic highlights the relationship between the small everyday episodes and the larger existential questions. The photography of the Norwegian photographer Hans-Olav Forsang challenges the viewer by arousing emotions, recognition and wonder. Some pictures are staged while others are small photographic notes of actual events. After experiencing the value of documentary photography through many years, Forsang had the strong wish to liberate himself from the strict rules the in the documentary genre, towards a more liberated approach to photography. This book presents the fascinating results!

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"Hans-Olav Forsang"

May 2017

ISBN 978-3-7356-0162-9

24,00 x 30,00 cm

136 Pages

16 colored and 51 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: English

Hans-Olav Forsang, Henrik Haugan
Text by
Jonas Forsang, Roger Turesson
Design by
Henrik Haugan, Oslo
Exhibition opening: 23.04.2017 at Galleri Semmingsen at Tjuvholmen, Oslo.