Bert Persson. Boden Models. Photography.

Boden Models

7 november 2015 – 3 january 2016


In the exhibition “Boden Models”, Bert Persson presents images from the early 1960s taken in his studio over a 3 year period. The idea was to use celebrities, but not many came to Boden, so local girls were used instead. Most of them were still in high school, but some met Persson at Folkets Park or around town.

During this time, Bert Persson was the only photographer in Norrbotten and one of the few in Sweden, who understood that it was more interesting to look at an object if there was also a person in the picture. The clients were local merchants and newspapers such as NSD and Kuriren. Bert Persson also traveled to other places in Norrbotten like Jokkmokk and Gällivare to do similar assignments.

More information can be found in the Folder (available only in Swedish).

About the artist

Bert Persson He was born in 1928 in Skellefteå. When he was 20 years old he started establishing himself as a freelance photographer after serving as a photographer during his military service in Boden. In the early 1950s, he took over Harnesk’s photo studio in Boden. Over ten years later, he sold the extensive collection of negatives left by Harnesk to the municipality of Boden.

Exhibition view.