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Odd Uhrbom

Odd Uhrbom, born in Norrköping, studied at Christer Strömholm’s Fotoskolan in Stockholm.

He made his breakthrough with the book Gruva (Mine), (1968), which he published together with the author Sara Lidman. This book portrays the conditions for miners at the LKAB mines in Kiruna and Malmberget in northern Sweden. It was a phenomenal success and is considered to be a triggering factor behind the great miners’ strike in Sweden in 1969 that resulted in higher wages and better working conditions for the miners. Uhrbom is known internationally for his empathetic photo journalism from warzones, showing the plight of the civilian population and their fight for survival, for instance in Afghanistan and Jordan.

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