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Sune Jonsson

Sune Jonsson started his photographic career in the early 1950s. In the early 1960s, he worked as a programme officer at Swedish Radio in Umeå, before getting a permanent position in 1968 as a field ethnologist at the Västerbotten County Museum, where he pursued a large number of photographic projects and later also made films.

His major breakthrough came with the photo book Byn med det blå huset (The Village with the Blue House) (1959), in which he chronicles his hometown Nyåker. Sune Jonsson published some 20 books, including Prag augusti 1968 (Prague August 1968), in the course of his long career and, unlike many photographers, was also a prolific author. His photos have won him several awards, including the Hasselblad Foundation’s international award for photography in 1993. Over the years, his work has come to be valued more for its artistic qualities, since his photos are always positioned somewhere in between reportage and art photography.


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