Christer Strömholm at Fotografiska

I had lunch today with a friend at Fotografiska, the photography museum (a great place for lunch, by the way!). If you are regular reader here, then you know that this is one of my favourite museums and that I'm a sucker for black & white photography, especially from the 50's and 60's. So you can understand my excitement that they have just unveiled their main exhibition for the coming season, a photographer who specializes in just this medium: Christer Strömholm.
Christer passed away 10 years ago and this exhibition, "CHR", is a retrospective of his work. 150 black and white photographs from his travels in the 50's and 60's... Paris, Spain and Japan among other places. I especially enjoyed his loving portraits of his friends from Paris. These friends were the transsexuals that lived and worked in the Pigalle neighbourhood (around Place Blanche) that Christer came to know when he lived there during this time period. The pictures are beautiful (especially how the museum has lit them) and somewhat sad when you think of how hard their lives must have been. The exhibition runs until November 25th. There are only a couple of more weeks left of the August Strindberg exhibition. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the playwright's death, this exhibition ends on September 9th. There are some great photographs of Stockholm in the late 1800's included in the exhibition!

From September 10th the museum will be extending their opening hours: 9am to 9pm Sunday to Wednesday and 9am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday. I love the idea of visiting a museum in the evening! Fotografiska is located on the waterfront of the island of Södermalm, just a 20 minute walk from the Rival Hotel.


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