Born in 1969 in Sweden.
Lives and works in Stockholm and Paris.
J. H. Engström was born in 1969. He grew up in Sweden but spent a lot of time in Paris and France during his childhood and adolescence. He was an assistant to photographer Mario Testino 1991 in Paris, and in 1993 assisted photographer Anders Petersen in Stockholm. In 1997 he graduated from the Photography and Film Department at Gothenburg University. The same year he published his first book, Shelter (Bokförlaget DN, 1997). In 1998 he moved to Brooklyn, New York, to work on his project ‘Trying to Dance’.
In 2001 he returned to his native region, Värmland, to finish the project. The completed book Trying to Dance (Journal, 2004) was short-listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2005. He continuously exhibits internationally and is held in collections both in Europe and the US. Other published books include Haunts (Steidl, 2006), CDG/JHE (Steidl, 2008) and From Back Home (together with Anders Petersen, Max Ström, 2009). Wells will be published by Steidl in 2009.
J. H. Engström presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2009, taking part in the “Ça me touche, Nan Goldin’s guests” exhibition, with his series Wells at the Atelier de Mécanique.