Vintage Black-and-White Photos Capture Life in Stockholm From the 1940s to 1950s

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Karl Werner Edmund (KW) Gullers (1916-1988) was a renowned Swedish photographer. After working and studying with portrait photographer Jan de Meyere, in 1938 he started his own company, which he operated for forty years. In addition to numerous pictures and articles he contributed to a series of Swedish and foreign journals such as Picture Post, Se, Vi, Allers, Gullers made 100 photobooks in both colour and black-and-white. He was the first Swedish photojournalist to have a solo exhibition in Sweden, following international exhibitions in major cities including London, New York, and Chicago.

A young couple at a cafe table.

Below are 35 black-and-white photographs capture people and their life in Stockholm from the 1940s to 1950s, courtesy of the Nordic Museum:

Taxi drivers outside the Grand Hotel.

The window of Sturehof restaurant decorated with a large crayfish.

A man sitting on a bollard and reading a newspaper. Stockholm City Hall and Riddarfjärden in the background.

Housewife gymnastics at Zinkensdamm’s sports ground, Södermalm.

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