Erik Johansson (born April 1985) is a Swedish-born artist based in Prague who creates surreal images by recombining photographs and other materials. He captures ideas by combining images in new ways to create what looks like a real photograph, yet with logical inconsistencies to impart an effect of surrealism.
Some finished images are the combination of “hundreds of original photographs” as well as raw materials, and Johansson spends dozens of hours using image manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop to alter the image digitally and to illustrate his idea.
Reporter Robert Krulwich wrote that Johansson creates a “meticulous fantasy” which is “part photograph, part construction, part drawing” with “so many layers of foolery in his images, you can’t pull the illusion apart, it fits together so perfectly.
Erik Johansson felt like he wanted to do something more to the photos, where pressing the trigger would only be the start. Having an interest in computers made it quite a natural step to start there.
Johansson said “I couldn’t imagine it to be a real profession, it was just a fun hobby and didn’t really believe that fun and work could be combined. But during my time studying my friend Eric bought a DSLR (Canon EOS 350d). This camera was something completely different from the simple point and shoot cameras I had tried up until this point. I was out taking pictures with Eric a few times and it led to me also getting a DSLR (Canon EOS 400d) the year after. “
Erik Johansson has spoken at several conferences including the TED conference in London in 2011. In early 2016 he released his first book “IMAGINE” featuring the first 9 years of his personal projects.