Jan Töve (b. 1958) is a photographer and author based in Hökerum, West Sweden.
He started taking photographs in his early teens and, after completing his compulsory schooling, was apprenticed to a portrait photographer. In 1982, he enrolled at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts to train as a film cameraman, but he dropped out in favor of teacher training, graduating in 1986. During vacations he worked as a press photographer. He has been a full-time photographer and author since 1994.
Jan Töve started as a photographer of the natural world, but over the years he has become more and more focused on the man-altered landscape. Today, in creating his images, he increasingly seeks the interfaces of nature, humankind, and society.
Since his debut in 1996, he has published numerous books. Faraway Nearby is the latest in a new series that follows Riverside (2007) and Silent Landscape (2012).
Over the years he has received numerous awards as well as exhibited at a number of places both in Sweden and abroad, most recently in the exhibition ”Contemporary landscapes” at the Oceanside Museum of Modern Art in San Diego.
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