Swedish photographer Erik Lindahl has a singular passion – the blues. Over the past twenty-five years he’s repeatedly crossed the Atlantic for pilgrimages to the home of the blues. His journeys have taken him down south to Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, to northern cities including Chicago, and out west to L.A.
Erik Lindahl’s photos are more than simply portraits of artists. They show life's little ups and downs, festivities and everyday life, all against the backdrop of the unique and fascinating environments that shaped the music.
Legendary performers including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy share these pages with lesser-known but colorful and charismatic figures including Junior Kimbrough, James “Tail Dragger” Jones and T-Model Ford. In Lindahl's photos you'll encounter the unconventional lifestyles and hip outlooks that – along with the music itself – inspired his lifelong devotion to documenting the blues, for which he received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award 2016 by The Blues Foundation in Memphis, USA.
Blue Shots is Erik Lindahl's first book.
86 b/w images • Foreword by Nick Tosches • Text by L-P Anderson, Nils Hanson, Tommy Löfgren, Scott Barretta • Editing: Gösta Flemming, Johan Lindberg • Design: Johan Lindberg • Soft cover with flaps • 172 x 240 mm • 148 pages • Two editions: English and Swedish • 2008
Diploma in Swedish Book Art 2008 at the National Library of Sweden.