Morten Bjarnhof and the Jan Ahlgren exhibition
Morten Bjarnhof's photographs create rooms full of presence. His photos are invitations to step inside, take part or lose oneself. "There are no empty postulates, and in a world of 'purchased and paid for,' it makes all the difference. The trick is to avoid the obvious and predictable," said Morten Bjarnhof of his work.
"Jan Ahlgren – The Berlin Campaign" was centered around the old Berlin feeling - a minimalistic and dark concrete universe with keywords such as structure and shelter. From this setting it was Bjarnhof's interpretation that brought the visual campaign to life. "The photos produced on the XJ-740 supported my vision and the concept of the campaign. It was extremely important that the prints capture the blurry feeling and the darkness of the world without neglecting the details. I was really happy with the results and very pleased with the entire collaboration," said Morten Bjarnhof.
"Jan Ahlgren - The Berlin Campaign" was presented at the Danish Gallery International Fashion Fair in August 2010.
Copenhagen, Denmark – World-renowned photographer Morten Bjarnhof, who is known for his numerous fashion campaigns for both magazines and brands such as Gant, Rabens Saloner, Diesel and H&M, turned to Roland DG North Europe for collaboration in the production of his photo exhibition "Jan Ahlgren - the Berlin Campaign," produced for Copenhagen Fashion Week in the summer of 2010.
Roland DG North Europe participated as print sponsor of the Jan Ahlgren exhibition, which presented an exciting opportunity to prove the value of Roland DG's large format printers as high-quality photo printers. "Photographers set very high standards for their work. Therefore, being able to work with and satisfy a world-renowned photographer like Morten Bjarnhof certainly underlines the range of possibilities and the quality Roland DG's printers deliver," says Thor Johansen, communications manager at Roland DG North Europe.
The Jan Ahlgren photo exhibition was not Morten Bjarnhof's first experience with digital printing of his photographs. Initially, he had been rather skeptical and had not expected the digital prints to live up to the high standards of the industry. However, the outcome was much better than he had anticipated and Bjarnhof decided to use the digital technology for the fairly extensive Jan Ahlgren exhibition.
The assignment required a printer of substantial width. Therefore, the SOLJET XJ-740 was chosen to print eleven black and white photos measuring 150 cm x 250 cm. The photos were printed on Orajet 3164 M, a matte self-adhesive vinyl which minimizes reflection, and affixed to white fomalux boards to ensure easy handling.
"Regardless of how my photos are produced, the most important requirement of the actual production is exact depiction. This is always my major concern, but even more so when the work is for a campaign, which is my primary opportunity for displaying the range of my work and creativity," says Morten Bjarnhof. "It was extremely important that the prints delivered by Roland DG were of the highest quality, and I was not disappointed!"
The prints delivered by Roland DG North Europe left Bjarnhof with little doubt that digital printing will become the norm in the photographic industry. "Digital printing provides a range of possibilities that we have not seen before. The variety of media available, with its differing structures, surfaces and thicknesses, adds new dimensions to our work and provides additional room for creativity. This is exactly what we are looking for and, considering the quality of the prints, I have no doubt that digital printing will take a leading role in the world of photography," says Morten Bjarnhof.