Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Summer night

(Stockholm, 1981, for Svenska Dagbladet)
Summernight in Stockholm.
Nikon FE , 85 mm Nikkor F2, 1/60 sek and Tri-X pushed to ISO 1600.

Death of a steel mill

First photo: In the first round of layoffs everyone under 30 years had to go.
Last photo: Old and new leadership. Youngsters thinking about their future.

(Lesjofors, Sweden, for Svenska Dagladet, around 1982)
The steel mill in Lesjofors was in trouble. The factory had existed for hundreds of years, its history started in 1642. The small town Lesjofors had grown around it, with over half the population employed at the mill. The De Geer-family had run the mill since the Baron Gerhard De Geer bought it 1922. Now the market was folding, Lars De Geer left the leadership to his son - lay-offs and downsizing followed.
A couple of years later the company went bancrupt.

(Nikon FE/FM/F3 cameras, 24, 35, 85 Nikkor lenses)

Rising Sports Heroes

(Around 1975, Munich and Madonna DiCampiglio)
Two swedish 19-year olds was on their way to become world stars. The photo of Bjorn Borg was taken at the Munich WCT-tournament. Bjorn lost the final to Artur Ashe. In accordance with his intense winner-instict, he was so disappointed after the loss, that he cancelled the interview we had booked with him.
Camera: Minolta XE-1 with Rokkor 135 2.8

The photo of Ingemar Stenmark was shot at Madonna DiCampiglio.
Minolta XE-1 with Rokkor 85 1.7.

Looking for mercenaries

(Zurich, Switzerland, around 1974)

Dr Hans Lenzlinger recruited swedish mercenaries to fight against black liberation movements i the south of Africa. This story got a lot of attention, many didnt want to believe it was true. I photographed autentic letters from people searching the job. I rememeber a shocking one, written in bad english: "I heard that you want people who can kill blacks in Africa. I am very interested in this...".
A few years later Lenzlinger was killed in his office, apparently murdered.

About the photo: As Lenzlinger wawed with the gun a short moment while he was talking, I didnt have the time to put the flash in order and shot against the strong backlight without any fill flash. I took many other photos, among them some with the cheetas he had for pets, but those images had to much camera shake... In the end we choose this one.
Konica Autoreflex T3 with 50 1.8.


This blog is a way for me to publish and comment on some of my old B&W photos. Since I think many of the photos benefit from some info I think this is a convinient way to work, compared to regular photo-databases like Pbase, etc. I will add photos and comments as I get the time.
Some background: The photos are from three periods of time. 1973-75:During this time my family moved from Stockholm, Sweden, to live in Munich in Germany, for a few years. My father was a correspondent for a major swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet. I followed him on many assignments, taking photos. I was quite young, 16-17 years.
In the news the big events was the Yom Kippur war in the Middle East (which my father covered on location which was a bit scary for the rest of the family), The RAF-terrorists in Germany, the Cyprus crisis which nearly lead to a war between Greece and Turkey. For sports these were great years - the World Cup in soccer 1974 in Germany, FC Bayern was the worlds best soccer club with Beckenbauer, Müller, Hoeness and Breitner in the team. Sweden had a number of soccer pros in Germany, which we often reported on. Ingemar Stenmark won his first victories in the Alpine WC. In Formula One racing Ronnie Pettersson, teammmate with Emerson Fittipaldi, was one the fastest drivers. We saw the GP-races at Nurnburg Ring, Austerreich Ring and Monza. Great fun to watch, didnt take any photos there though.
1979: I took a few trips back to Munich for some photo stories.
1980-82: I worked my way through university as a part-time freelance photographer, mainly for the newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and Aftonbladet. I was a staff photographer for Svenska Dagbladet during the summers. In the end of 82 I made a kind of career choice and bought an electric typewriter instead of a new lens. But thats a different story.
From these periods I have a small box of photos left, which are slowly fading away. As I took a new interest in my personal photography when I bought a digital SLR some years ago, I thought I should take care of the old photos somehow.
The selection of the photos is somewhat random. Some I choose because they got some documentary value (since they are so old), some because they have value as memories for me, and some because I like them as photos.