Who is Erik Johansson?

Erik Johansson (born 1985) is a photographer and artist from Sweden based in Prague, Czech Republic. His work can be described as surreal scenes created by combining different photographs. Erik works on both personal and commissioned projects with clients all around the world. In contrast to traditional photography he doesn't capture moments, he captures ideas with the help of his camera and imagination. The goal is to make it look as realistic as possible even if the scene itself contains impossible elements. In the end it all comes down to problem solving, finding a way to capture the impossible.

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Work Process

To Erik it's always important with a high level of realism in his work. He want's the viewer to feel like they are part of the scene, to relate to it. Although his work consists of a lot of work in post-production and combining photogaphs he always tries to capture as much as possible in camera. "No one can tell you that it doesn’t look realistic if you actually captured it for real."

Light and perspective are crucial parts when combining images in a realistic way and if some parts are not possible to shoot on location, a similar scene has to be built up in a controlled environment. Having an understanding of both photography and post production is very important to make everything come together seamlessly. Every photograph and part has its purpose.

Erik always do all the post production himself to be in complete control of the end result. The idea, photography and post production are all connected. The final image doesn’t become better than the photographs used to capture it. Just like the photographs don’t become stronger than the idea.

There are no computer generated-, illustrated- or stock photos in Erik's personal work, just complex combinations of his own photographs. It's a long process and he only creates 6-8 new images a year (excluding commissioned work). If you'd like to know more about the process of how the images come to life have a look at these Behind the Scenes Videos.


Equipment / Tools

Camera: Hasselblad H6D-50c + X1D
Light System: Profoto + Elinchrom
Computer: Custom Built PC + MacBook
Monitor: Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4k
Software: Adobe Photoshop

Erik Johansson is an ambassador of Hasselblad & Eizo:

Commissioned Projects

Erik is as much a photographer as a retoucher which enables him to create almost anything that you can imagine. Having an understanding of each step of the process gives total control of the whole work process from sketch to final image to ensure a high quality realistic result. Creating an image this way requires a lot work and preparation to get a realistic result. Erik is available for worldwide commissioned projects. If you have a project don’t hesitate to contact us and share your thoughts. Featured clients below, for details see Commissioned Work.

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