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Carl Johan De Geer

Carl Johan De Geer, born in Canada, has a career as a photographer, film-maker, musician, writer, visual artist, stage designer and textile designer.

He studied at the University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Konstfack, in Stockholm in 1959–63 and was later part of the circle around the magazine Puss. From the mid-1960s, he began working as a photographer and came to have many fashion assignments. He also taught for some time at the legendary Fotoskolan, led by Christer Strömholm. In 1979, Moderna Museet featured the exhibition Med kameran som tröst (With the Camera as Comfort), in which Carl Johan De Geer showed 412 photos taken between 1958 and 1979. The following year, the pictures were published in a book, and a sequel film was published in 2004, where De Geer presents his somewhat emotional and personal relationship to cameras and photography. The camera was his way of getting close to people and understanding and interpreting his surroundings.

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