Gunnar Smoliansky 1933–2019



ISBN: 9789151970547 Category:

Gerry Badger, Hans Henrik Brummer, Claes Bäckström


Swedish photographer Gunnar Smoliansky has devoted himself to the medium since the 1950s, originally working as a photographer’s assistant and attending courses under Christer Strömholm. Between 1956 and 1965 he worked as an industrial photographer and since 1965 practiced as an independent artist. Smoliansky works exclusively in black and white and develops his photographs by hand in the darkroom. Stockholm has been the focus of Smoliansky’s photographic world, particularly the areas of Södermalm and Saltsjö-Boo where he has lived and worked for most of his life.

This book explores Smoliansky’s photographic oeuvre, focusing on nine publications originally created by Smoliansky in cooperation with art director Henrik Nygren between 2002 and 2008. These include both slim volumes and an imposing monograph. With one exception, all were originally published in Swedish, but all have been translated to English for this publication. A newly written tenth chapter brings this essential artistic career up to the present day.

Despite the range of themes and material, the intention throughout has been the same: to try to shine a light on a man of integrity, an artist whose life work was as unique as it was consistent – Henrik Nygren.

Additional information

Weight 1044 g
Dimensions 17.8 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 31 August 2021
Number of pages 1200
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.8 x 25.4 cm
Weight 1044 g


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Gerry Badger is a writer, photographer and curator. Hans Henrik Brummeris an author and former director of Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde and Nationalmuseum. Claes Bäckström was a Swedish artist and writer. Lars Forsberg is a Swedish editor and writer. Marie Lundquist is a Swedish writer and cultural journalist. Carl-Johan Malmberg is a Swedish writer and critic. David Neuman is Director Emeritus/Chairman of Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden.