Sören Gunnarsson: Victor Hasselblad – The Man Behind the Camera

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The life of Victor Hasselblad ((1906-78) became dramatic and successful. Deep-rooted conflicts in his formative years played a decisive role in his future. As a youth he sought refuge in nature and photography. With time he became a world traveller and a wealthy industrialist. Just before his passing he sold his camera company and established a foundation with the aim of promoting education and research within the fields of science and photography.

The Hasselblad camera made its huge breakthrough when the American astronauts began to use it in space. The photographs of the first men on the Moon are some of the most published images in the world.

The camera also figured largely for more earthbound photographers, amateurs and professionals alike, working in the fields of advertising, fashion, photojournalism, portraiture, nature, science and medicine.

Victor Hasselblad – The Man Behind the Camera is the result of Sören Gunnarson's many years of research and is based on extensive interviews and voluminous correspondence. Apart from relating the story of the man behind the camera, the book also contains a record of Hasselblad camera models and describes the events that took place when the company changed from analogue to digital photography.

Also included is a section about The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation.

In 2006 Journal published the first Swedish edition, Victor Hasselblad – Mannen bakom kameran, 372 pages.

230 illustrations • Translation to English: David Jeffery • Editor: Gösta Flemming • Design: Ola Carlson, Gösta Flemming, Johan Lindberg • Hard cover with dust jacket • 165 x 230 mm • Two editions: English/428 pages and Swedish/408 pages • 2016