Imants Gross


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A graffito on a wall in NYC: „Life is elsewhere…” a cry in letters, through the camera “An Eye for the Ear”. It triggers thoughts and raises questions: Why are we so often dissatisfied with our lives? Why is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence? Why are we so orientated to the future, to another geographical place in our efforts to become happy? Isn’t that actually what keeps us from enjoying life the present day?
With questions like this in mind I have been out in the streets in different cities and places finding out and commenting with my camera how people are dealing with their dreams and fears, fighting with daily realities and dreaming away to a better life.

With the camera I can open myself up to the world, meet people and moments that speaks to me. When they become images, isolated from its context, place and time, it can help to reveal and better to understand life and space, which surrounds us, how we live in it. It is a way of better understanding oneself.


Imants Gross (1953) was raised in a Latvian refugee family in Sweden. He went to high school in Germany and studied law at the University of Stockholm and the University of Brussels. His professional career has been within international relations and diplomacy in European and Africa. From 1991 until 1996, Imants was Latvia’s ambassador to Sweden and Norway. For the past seven years, he has lived in Riga where, since 2006, he has run the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia.

Imants’ grandfather, Miķelis Gross (1886-1966), was a photographer who was active in Latvia and St. Petersburg. He inspired his grandson early in life to take up photography. Imants has gained professional skills in photography at courses and work shops in Germany, Sweden, Latvia and France (with Gunars Janaitis, Göran Segeholm, Aaron Schuman, Anders Petersen, Arno Minkkinen, JH Engström).


• Solo exhibition with the series “Life is Elsewhere”, at the Regional Museum in Talsi, Latvia.
• Group exhibition “To Be or Not” at the Riga city theatre Daile’s new art space Briviba 75 together with 7 other artists.


• Solo exhibition “Here and now” at gallery Neputns in Riga.
• Group exhibition with series “Fluid times” at Kuldiga Regional Museum, Latvia.
• Solo exhibition “Life is Elsewhere” at the Riga Art Space museum.

• Solo exhibition with series “Water…” at Norden gallery in Riga
• Solo exhibition with “Water..” at the “Gates of the Sea” theatrical center in Ventspils, Latvia.

• Exhibition dedicated to his grandfather Miķelis Gross – “Gross 1909-2009: 100 Years of Photography in Four Generations” at Putti Gallery, Riga.

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