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Hans Gedda

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Known for his intimate portraits of great contemporary icons, Gedda’s images have become part of our cultural heritage.
Starting out as a Swedish photographer’s assistant at a young age, Gedda soon attracted attention of his own, by creating unconventional portraits of very important people. Like Nelson Mandela, Margareta Krook, Ingmar Bergman and Andy Warhol, whom we have on display at the Palace. Or Olof Palme, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Monica Zetterlund, Angela Davis and King Carl XVI Gustaf.


Gedda’s portraits are like time capsules, where space and distance seem insignificant. His commercial projects often inspire his portraits, and Gedda is a pro at capturing their presence and concentration with humor, always in black and white.

Hans Gedda
Born 1942
Nationality Swedish
Education Autodidact
Speciality Portraits & still life
Trademark Black & white
Secret gem Circus series
Awards Årets Bild 1994
World Press Photo 1991
Hobby Painting
Pets Two dogs
Centre Pompidou Paris 1979
Walker Art Center 1982
Saatchi Gallery London 1994
Kulturhuset Stockholm 1996
Subway Stockholm 1998
Gripsholms Slott 2006
Åmells Konsthandel 2008
Nationalmuseum Sweden 2013