Lars Epstein’s Stockholm

Män i hatt sitt och läser stora tidningar i tunnelbanevagn.
Tunnelbanepassagerare försjunkna i tidningsläsning, 1960-tal
Fyra pojkar leker vid vattensamling där hus speglas.
Barns lek i den nya förorten Farsta, 1960-tal
En pojke skyndar fram på gata bland gående i regnkläder.
Brådis i regnet på Kungsgatan, 1960-tal
Unga kvinnor med uppsatta frisyrer bland folk på gatan.
I vimlet, 1961
Ett par i snöfall vid övergångsställe.
Kärlekspuss utanför Åhléns, 2010
Skejtboardåkare gör trick  på ledstång till trappa.
Skejtare i Blå bodarna, 2014

With unremitting curiosity on the town as a meeting place, Lars Epstein has for decades followed and portrayed the people who live and work in Stockholm.

Stockholm City Museum
August 11—October 11, 2020
Floor 3, free admission

As a constant companion, Lars Epstein has his camera with which he captures the small and large events of society. He, like few other photographers, has helped to create a vivid and up-to-date image of the capital.

Lars Epstein was born in 1941. He worked as a journalist and photographer for Dagens Nyheter newspaper from 1973 to 2008. Today he blogs almost daily, using words and photos, on the DN Stockholm Facebook page about goings-on in Stockholm, protests, the townscape, inaugurations etcetera etcetera.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Lars Epstein went about town taking photos, inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank.

He took evening classes and read history in the 1960s, studying at the School of Journalism in the early 1970s, occasionally taking photos at that time.

The exhibition is arranged in near-chronological order. The earliest photos of 1960s urban clearance come first, followed by the new suburb (Farsta), then street scenes from the same period, a look at Gröna Lund amusement park in the 1960s and protests at the time (against the USA’s war in Vietnam, for example).

We then move on to today, to Slussen and some present-day protest movements, street images, kisses and some shots of summer, swimming and tourists (whose numbers have grown over the years).

Stockholm has changed in many ways over the past sixty years. This is obvious when one compares past and present photos, and should come as no surprise.