Christer Strömholm

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Christer Strömholm (22 July 1918 in Stockholm – 11 January 2002 in Stockholm), also known by the pseudonym Christer Christian, was a Swedish photographer and educator. He is known for his intimate black and white street photography portrait series.

Life and career[edit]

Strömholm was a student of art under Waldemar Winkler and Dick Beer.[1] He was a member of Otto Steinert's Fotoform group of photographers for subjective photography.[2]

He co-founded Fotoskolan academy in Stockholm in 1962 and was its director.[3]

He is noted for his depictions of transsexuals in the Place Blanche area of 1950s' Paris, published as Les amies de Place Blanche.[4] The critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, said he "is known as the father of Swedish photography both for his abiding influence and for his role as a teacher."[4]

In 1998 Strömholm received the 1997 Hasselblad Award. The award citation described him as "one of Scandinavia's leading photographers, and [...] the first post-war photographer to gain international renown".[2]


  • Poste Restante. P. A. Norstedt & Söners Förlag, 1967. With a transcript of an interview with Strömholm, "Before the Photographs." Swedish-language edition.
    • Stockholm: Art & Theory, 2016. ISBN 9789188031365. With a transcript of an interview with Strömholm, "Before the Photographs." English-language edition.
  • Les Amies de Place Blanche. ETC Sweden, 1983
  • Kloka ord (Wise Words). Legus, 1997. ISBN 978-9-188192-42-4. A collection of aphorisms and work notes.
  • Imprints. Hasselblad Center, 1998. ISBN 9163064839
  • Nueve Segundos De Mi Vida. Mexico: Conaculta / Centro de la Imagen, 1999. ISBN 978-9701829301
  • On Verra Bien. Bildverksamheten Strömholm & Färgfabriken, 2002. ISBN 91-973787-6-3
  • Christer Strömholm. Photo Poche. Arles, France: Actes Sud, 2006. ISBN 978-2-742760-26-8
  • Poste Restante. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2011. ISBN 978-3-865212-20-7
  • Les Amies de Place Blanche. Stockport, Cheshire: Dewi Lewis, 2012. ISBN 978-1-907893-15-5; and Villejuif, France: Aman Iman, 2013. ISBN 2953391053. Re-edited from the original edition.
  • Post Scriptum Christer Strömholm. Stockholm: Max Strom, 2013. ISBN 978-9-171262-49-3



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Note: This article contains content from the Swedish-language edition of Wikipedia