Press photos from Svenska Dagbladet 1914-1959
Showing until January 31st, 2010
Allow me to raise a matter that, it is my hope, will prove to be of some interest to your institution. For at least 40 years, Svenska Dagbladet has archived all the negatives produced by our photographers. /…/ Many of these are almost certainly of no value but, on the other hand, there must surely be motifs that are worth preserving.
These are the opening lines of a letter from the editor of Svenska Dagbladet to the Stockholm City Museum dated 31st March 1971. Svenska Dagbladet was no longer able itself to preserve negatives that were more than about ten years old and more than 100 000 negatives of press photos from the period 1928-1959 were transferred to the City Museum’s ownership.
The museum already had a collection of about 3 500 older glass negatives. The majority of these photos were taken by Karl Ransell and Herman Ronninger who were employed by Svenska Dagbladet at the time. At the beginning of 1990 the museum received a private donation of 200 of Karl Ransell’s glass negatives that had been found in an attic.
With these three collections as a base, the museum can now present a unique insight into the development of press photography during the period 1914-1959. The newspaper photographs portray events large and small. Everyday happenings in Stockholm are mixed with pictures of elections, international sporting events, royal weddings and funerals. We can follow the changes in the surface appearance of Stockholm, demolitions and new buildings, new roads and formal openings of bridges and suchlike.