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Jean i mörkrummet. Foto: Nils Petter Löfstedt

Heaven’s Darkroom

19 December 2018 – 2 June 2019
All people are beautiful when they work, the photographer and filmmaker Jean Hermanson meant. With his unique ability to portray the work conditions and the strength and vulnerability of the workers, Hermansson photographed in the 1960s and 70s, the Swedish industrial landscape and those who worked there.

For several years, Nils Petter Löfstedt was Jeans photo assistant and they came close to each other. When Jean Hermanson dies in August 2012 Löfstedt decides to find a place where Jean’s archive can really be cared fore. During the course of the work, the story grows and the archive begins to live in a way that Löfstedt did not think was possible. It has resulted in the documentary »Himlens mörkrum« [Heaven’s darkroom], a book with the same title and many exhibitions around Sweden.


For his work with Jean Hermanson’s archive Nils Petter Löfstedt was in 2018 awarded The Society Sune Jonsson’s Friend’s scholarship. The jury’s motivation:

Nils Petter Löfstedt has assisted in the organisation of Jean Hermanson’s giant negative collection from foundries, engineering and shipbuilding industry, where people’s situation and vulnerability insistently are etched in contrasting depictions. Identifying depicted persons in the photographs means both a contribution to Swedish industrial history, and a return of the life-work to the labor collective where it came into being. Such work is highly in Sune Jonsson’s spirit, and Nils Petter Löfstedt is therefore awarded 2018 award in his name.

Contact and information

Alexandra A. Ellis

Curator, documentary photography
+4690 20 20 338

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