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Foto: Robert Doisneau


ROBERT DOISNEAU – the poet of the Paris suburb

September 7–November 25, 2018
Gallery 3

For many years, Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) has been regarded as the portrayer par excellence of mid-20th century picturesque Parisian life. He is the visual genius who captured those simple fleeting moments of beauty that could convey a whole story.

After the Second World War, Doisneau began working for the image agency Rapho. Photo journalism was booming; photographers took on a new role, and he was able to make photography his occupation, his craft.

Even if Doisneau primarily worked on assignments, he was always looking for momentary scenes to capture. Like when Doisneau caught the couple in La Baiser de l'hôtel de ville (1950). The embrace was arranged, but the kiss was authentic. 

Doisneau later became a freelance photographer, and he had plenty of opportunities to portray many artists and writers and night life in Paris. But he lived in the suburbs, and these "abandoned areas with their grey-green vacant lots" remained his favourite setting. This was his true habitat, in the anthropological sense, far from any picture postcard aesthetics.

With tenderness, Doisneau photographed the hidden life of Parisians and saw himself in the pictures he took. In the raw, banlieue environment, he built his own scene, giving a setting, light, narrative and poetic aura and finely-tuned melancholia to the most quotidian reality. And these are the pictures that are the core of Doisneau’s oeuvre.

Robert Doisneau – The Poet of the Paris Suburb is the first exhibition in Sweden featuring his photography.

The exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Atelier Robert Doisneau and diChroma Photography, Madrid.

Guided tours at. 15:00 on Sundays (in English)

October: 7/10, & 14/10

In Swedish


October 18–December 16, 2018
Gallery 5 

Tauba Katzenstein, photo: Mikael Jansson

Swedish photographer Mikael Jansson, known for his work in publications such as British, French, Italian and US Vogue, has travelled all over the country to portray the last generation of Holocaust survivors currently living in Sweden. Through a series of compelling black-and-white portraits Mikael captures the dignity and power of this last generation of survivors. The collection will be on display in the Gallery 5 of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, the largest culture centre in Scandinavia.

On display will be nearly 100 portraits of Holocaust survivors who eventually settled in Sweden. Through interviews with his subjects Mikael recorded their compelling stories.

The Witnesses

In the Witnesses exhibition, you will meet 97 of those who survived the concentration camps and eventually came to live in Sweden. Mikael Jansson listened to their stories, testimonies if you will, got to know them. These extraordinary portraits, these faces, will remind us not to ever let history repeat itself.


Mikael Jansson’s passion for photography began as a teenager in Stockholm in the late 1970s. While photographing the leading musicians who came through the city, Jansson assisted Carl Johann Ronn and was introduced to the histories and possibilities of the medium. In the mid 1980s, Jansson arrived in New York with the determined purpose to assist in Richard Avedon’s studio where he worked for two years, including darkroom printing Avedon’s influential exhibition In the American West (1985). The lineage of Avedon in Jansson’s approach to photography is still present with his curiosity and celebration of the characters and subjects he has photographed over the past four decades, and a unique ability to capture the moment.  

Since the 1990s, Mikael Jansson has created era-defining images, working with innovative publications and fashion houses. In Dutch magazine in 1998, Jansson garnered international attention when he published a eighty-two page portfolio of nude portraits with respective fashion "credits" that made a nod to Andy Warhol. He is renowned for his photographic signature both in the studio and on location. His enduring images are found in publications including Vogue, Interview, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Arena Homme +, L’Uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Visionnaire, W magazine, Another Magazine, and Love. Jansson’s impressive list of fashion, luxury, and beauty clients include Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Chloé, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dsquared2, H&M, Coach, Tod’s, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co, Rolex, Longchamp, Estée Lauder, Shiseido, Lancôme, Guerlain, Revlon, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, and fragrances by Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Jil Sander, Burberry, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein.

The cultural significance of Mikael Jansson’s fashion photography is recognized by his inclusion in the most prestigious exhibitions exploring the genre since the mid 1990s. Jansson has contributed to seminal fashion photography exhibitions held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Fotografiska and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; ICA, Boston, and the Saatchi Gallery, London. Jansson has published three books – Mikael Jansson (2000), Speed of Life (2007), and Iggy Pop (2010).

The exhibition is curated by Daniel Birnbaum, superintendent of  Moderna Museet/the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Witnesses is produced by Mikael Jansson in collaboration with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Introduction to the exhibition (in Swedish)

Tuesday-Sunday at. 14:00

In Swedish