To see the world. Swedish photography under 175 years

By on November 28, 2017

“To see the world. Swedish photography for 175 years” written by photo historian Björn Axel Johansson, and published by the Technical Museum, tells about the technique that determined what could be photographed, how and by whom.

175 years ago, photography were spread over the world, an expensive and difficult technique with few users. Step by step, the photo art became more accessible and now the human is a photographing genre and the camera’s everyone’s property.

The book tells about the technical steps in the development of the photography and the people and lifestyles documented. From silver and copper to wet plate, dry plate and eventually flexible rolling film, the inventions were numerous and the photography quickly gained a wide range of uses far beyond the popular portrait. Not least the medical photo and the invention of the invisible X-ray, which revolutionized medicine through shadowy images of humanity.

“To see the world. Swedish photography under the age of 175” makes impactin in our photo-historical culture heritage, is richly illustrated and based on the museum’s extensive collections of photo equipment, pictures and documents. The author is Björn Axel Johansson, the museum’s photo historian adviser.

In addition to stories about phototechnical development, Swedish photography industry and trade, attention is paid to, among other things, a series of scientific areas where photography has been an important support technique, such as medicine, astronomy and archeology. Other fields of activity where photoconduct has a given place is press, air and underwater photography.

In connection with the book release, the Technical Museum exhibition “Seeing the world – the photographing human” is going on.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm