Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/12/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Christer Strömholm
From: Christer Almqvist <>
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 14:46:31 +0100
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Yes, this is an exhibition not to miss. Absolutely not if you are a 
Leica guy. I saw the exhibition this summer in Stockholm. 'Merit le 
detour' as they say in France. Not only is it excellent, it is also 

Some years ago,  Strömholm's work was exhibited in a small town in 
southern Sweden (Höganäs?) but the exhibition was closed by the mayor 
as he found many of the pictures morally unacceptable.  So much for 
Sweden being a liberal country. There were pictures of ttransvestites 
(oh gosh my Eudora objects to that word, but I get around it by 
deliberately mis-spelling it), prostitutes and other people now 
referred to as fringe groups. The exhibition was in a community hall 
which was under the mayor's jurisdiction so he was able to close it. 
Lots of protest, but I do not know how the story ended.

I actually met the lady  (??) 'Bleka damen' (Pale lady) (the top 
picture if you click on the URL below) on my first job abroad in the 
early 1960's with the Singer Sewing Machine Co. I was staying at the 
Hotel Arycasa  and they had a bar serving good dinner at the counter 
also at times when northern Europeans want to eat, so I often went 
there. One evening I saw the back of this lady (?) sitting at the 
counter and I placed myself not too close, but close enough to her to 
strike up a conversation.

Two minutes later she asked me 'Voulez vous coucher avec moi?' I 
explained that my first priority was for food, so s/he told me that 
generally s/he worked out the bar at the Ritz, should my appetite 
develop in other directions. Before leaving s/he changed some large 
bills into smaller ones telling me 'In my job one has to do a lot of 
tipping in order not to get thrown out.'


>If you are going to Copenhagen or Malmö some time before 19 january 2003
>you can't miss the Strömholm exhibition at Malmö Konsthall.
>Strömholm is the undisputed nr 1 of Swedish photography. He died
>unfortunatly last year. He inspired me and a generation of Swedish
>Strömholm was of course a Leica user. 
>Unfortunatly is the websajt in Swedish, but there are some really nice
>presspictures at:
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