June 29-September 29, 2019

Photo Exhibition at FABRIKEN Bästekille
2 Fotografer

Hans Hammarskiöld

Dag Hammarskjöld



DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD (1905-1961) is, to say the least, well known for his public service during the 1930s and 1940s and for his presidency of the UN between the years of 1953 and 1961. The fact that he was also a dedicated photographer has, until now, remained largely unknown. Thanks to a tip-off from the journalist and photographer Per Lindström, a selection of his photographs will now be shown, for the first time ever, at Fabriken Bästekille.

While we already know Hammarskjöld the public servant, diplomat and poet – thoughtful, inquisitive and dutiful – Fabriken’s summer exhibition allows us to become acquainted with a previously unknown figure: Dag Hammarskjöld the photographer.

Evident in these pictures is his playfulness. Investigating his surroundings through the camera lens, he portrays a drama in which nature, light, and people are all protagonists. His photographic imagery is both exploratory and innovative for its time.

Here, then, is yet another viewpoint on the fascinating personality of a man whose life and deeds are still highly relevant today.

The photographs selected for this exhibition have been taken from Hammarskjöld’s personal albums, which he himself composed as an expression of his photographic art form and which resonate with the words he once spoke: ‘The camera has taught me how to see’.


The exhibition is curated by the artist Johan Petterson in close collaboration with Hammarskjöld Inversio and the Dag Hammarskjöld family. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, a book about the photographer will be published, designed by Patric Leo.

Welcome to visit this extraordinary exhibition!





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