While those who are currently at BEA were making lists and checking them twice as to which signings they were planning on going to I went to a signing. One of my favourite photographers is a man called Lennart Nilsson. He is the photographer who takes pictures of foetuses in utero, actually of the whole process. I have loved him since I was a little girl and my parents bought the book and used it to explain where babies came from.
On Friday the new Museum of Photography was opened in Stockholm and since both my visiting friend E and I are big on photography we thought it was a great opportunity to combine sightseeing with something we loved.
Nilssons exhibit at the museum was amazing (as was the one by Annie Leibovitz). Seeing foetuses in utero that close up is incredibly cool and humbling, especially right now, as my sister is pregnant (she is due in July).
As part of the museums opening they are currently having photographers sign their books pretty much every day, and on opening day it was (luckily for me) Lennart Nilsson who was doing the signing.
To meet one of my favourite photographers like that was an amazing experience. He was so nice. He didn’t talk much but he did smile the whole time and seemed to genuinely enjoy meeting people.
We managed to get into the line quite quickly and were some of the first people to get our books signed. The girl in the picture above got both a book and a poster signed. She was explaining that the poster was for a local children’s hospital and he was more than happy to sign it for her.
For me though it was just so big to meet him even if it was just for a few minutes and to see his pictures. They are truly amazing!