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Christian Tunge (b. 1989) is a Norwegian artist, publisher and founder of Heavy Books, where he not only publishes his own work, but also do books in collaboration with other art photographers.

CHRISTIAN TUNGE

CHRISTIAN TUNGE

Tunge is originally from the western coastal town of Stavanger, but now lives and works in Oslo. He holds a BFA in Photography from the Art Academy in Gothenburg and has also studied at Oslo Art Photography School. In 2014 Tunge founded Heavy Books - an artist run collaborative projects that does books, editions and exhibitions.

The catalogue contains mostly other artists that he collaborates closely with, but also some of his own titles. Since 2014, Heavy Books has published different 16 titles and attended art book fairs in Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.

 

POLYMORPHOUS MAGICAL SUBSTANCE BY ESPEN GLEDITCH (2017)

POLYMORPHOUS MAGICAL SUBSTANCE BY ESPEN GLEDITCH (2017)

 

“The photo book is no longer a format for showing a career in retrospect”, Tunge says in an interview, "The book is an art piece by itself, in the same way as a sculpture, a painting or a photographic print.” For him the books he publishes, which usually are in editions of no more than 100 copies each, always have something special about them. Whether it's a single page that has another size or printed with a special ink/paper, the limited edition makes these effects possible. The books are also always signed and numbered, as you would do with other art editions.

In addition, Christian Tunge is currently running MELK gallery in Oslo (together with Behzad Farazollahi and Bjarne Bare), and is of 2017 one of the organisers behind Fotobokfestival Oslo (Oslo Photo Book Festival).

 

THE GAMES BY CHRISTIAN TUNGE (2015)

THE GAMES BY CHRISTIAN TUNGE (2015)

 

克里斯蒂安•通格(1989年出生),艺术家、出版人,独立艺术出版机构“以书为重”(HEAVY Books)的创始人,他不仅在自己的品牌下出版作品,也与其他艺术摄影师合作。

 

通格来自挪威西海岸的海滨城市斯塔万格,但现在在奥斯陆定居工作。他在哥德堡艺术学院取得了摄影专业学士学位,并曾在奥斯陆艺术摄影学院学习。2014年他创办了“以书为重”,一个集图书、期刊,与展览于一体的艺术家合作机构。书目中大多数作品都出自与他长期合作的艺术家,但也包括一些他自己的个人作品。自从开创出版社以来,以书为重已经出版了16种图书,参加过东京、洛杉矶和纽约的书展。

“摄影书不再是回顾你职业生涯的形式,”通格在一次采访中说,“书本身就是一件艺术品,就像雕塑、绘画与影印作品一样。”他出版的书印数每种最多不超过100本,所以对他来说每一本书都是特别的。不管是特殊单页尺寸还是特殊纸墨,限量都使这些效果成为可能。每本书都是签名并编号的,就像其它艺术作品一样。

另外,克里斯蒂安•通格目前还在经营奥斯陆的“牛奶”(MELK)画廊,该画廊也是2017年奥斯陆摄影书籍艺术节的组织者之一。