In March 1973, the Swedish photographer Jens S. Jensen (1946-2015) visited Hammarkullen for the first time. He didn’t know then that he would come back and document the Gothenburg suburb and its inhabitants throughout the rest of his life.
In 2017 his images are on exhibition at the Hallwyl Museum, contrasted with photos of Ebba, Ellen and Irma von Hallwyl, daughters of the museum’s founder Wilhelmina von Hallwyl. In the exhibition we get to visit two different eras and two very different places. Here you can see a sample of some of the photographs.
Move the cursor over the images, to see their titles.
In the 1970’s it had become common to have your own compact camera and many families collected pictures from birthdays and holidays in photo albums. It was unusual to be portrayed by a professional photographer. The von Hallwyl girls, on the other hand, were used to having their portraits taken at a photo studio, with fine clothes and props to create the right atmosphere.
Around the turn of the last century, the box camera was developed and photography became easier, but there were still few individuals who owned a camera. Wilhelm von Geijer, husband of Irma, was a keen amateur photographer and captured many moments of their lives. This is Irma, 38 years, playing with her children Margit and Erik.
“Why don’t you take a photo of me hanging on that wall?” “Sure, but how..?” “Just wait and see!” says the boy and disappears around the corner. Then he climbs over the edge and shouts: “NOW!”
The boy on the wall is Michael Carlsson. He was supposed to participate in a filmed interview about growing up in Hammarkullen in the 1970’s, but sadly he passed away at the end of 2016. This exhibition is dedicated to Michael.
Photo: Jens S. Jensen
Producer: Sara Dixon
Text: Sara Dixon/Niclas Östlind
Image editing: Erik Lernestål
Copyright: Jens S. Jensen estate
Thanks to Hasselblad Center for kindly letting us show these images.