To the memory of Lennart Nilsson is extended

By on May 7, 2017

He was the one who cut the band at the opening ceremony 21 May 2010 and one of the first to exhibit at Fotografiska. For this we are forever grateful. Lennart Nilsson (1922 – 2017), the greatest of them all has gone away 94 years old, but the memory of his work will live on for many more years.

As a tribute to this renaissance person as curious and constantly evolving photography, both technically and artistically, we once again show parts of Ett barn blir till, large-format photographs from Lennart Nilsson’s world-renowned series. At the exhibition on Photographic 2010, many of them had never been shown before.

What not everyone remembers is that Lennart Nilsson was also Sweden’s best documentary photographer from the beginning of his work. His depictions of Stockholm were epic and he is a master both in composition and presence in the meeting, which is always what creates the greatness, says Jan Broman.

Ett barn blir till will take us on a staggering journey towards the beginning of life like Lennart Nilsson, with his groundbreaking work in scientific medical photography, invited us to follow. His experiments with electron microscopes with several hundreds of thousands of magnitudes gave him the opportunity to create high resolution photographs no previously seen. Fotografiskas CEO Jan Broman, founder together with his brother Per Broman, knew Lennart Nilsson for a long time when the brothers father Rolf Broman was a copyist for the legend.

– Lennart Nilsson was very nice, generous and always gave 100 percent. His life works are amazing and Ett barn blir till is one of the most important image documents produced. He was always extremely involved in all aspects of the photographic process and that he opened Fotografiska meant a lot to us. He was a distinguished researcher who was constantly working and was active in the last. When he had a vision of a photograph, he drev on the technical progress until he could take the picture just as he thought, said Jan Broman.

The work of Ett barn blir till began already in 1953 and took Nilsson twelve years. When the magazine LIFE 1965 published the report on 16 pages plus cover, the entire magazine edition of 8 million copies sold out in a few days. Only the moon landing in 1969 has sold more numbers.

The book Ett barn blir till was released in 1965. Since then, it has been revised several times and the latest edition was published in 2009. The same year, Lennart Nilsson was awarded the honorary title Professor’s name by the Swedish government. The award is awarded primarily for actions that have a major people education importance.

I want to show what’s close to us, what everyone knows, in a new way.
Lennart Nilsson

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