Christer Strömholm – In Memory of Himself
Christer Strömholm (1918-2002), born in Stockholm, is one of Swedish photography's major personalities. Strömholm's pictures from the early fifties consist of sharply-focussed black and white compositions of walls, shadows and clear-cut interiors. While periodically living in Paris during the 1950s and 1960s he developed a style more in tune with street-photography and it was at this time that he made his famous portraits of transvestites at the Place Blanche. With books such as In Memory of Himself and Poste Restante, and as the leader of the legendary academy of photography “Fotoskolan”, Christer Strömholm became one of the most influential post war photographers. In many ways Strömholm differed from most other photographers, for instance he did not mind being the object of a photograph. In fact, he enjoyed it. While Strömholm has now passed away, he lives on in a large number of photographic portraits of him made by some of Europe’s finest photographers. As a homage to Christer, many of these pictures have been compiled in this book.
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