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The world-famous photographer and Vattenfall

Prior to Lennart Nilsson making his breakthrough as a world renowned photographer, he took these photographs of Vattenfall's operations.

Lennart Nilsson, who recently passed away at the age of 94, achieved global fame in the 60s for his images depicting the early stages of life. But he was also a very skilled documentary photographer. In 1959 he documented Vattenfall's progress in a series of amazing images. These were compiled in the book Strömkarl which was published to coincide with Vattenfall's 50th anniversary.

The book was commissioned by Vattenfall which at the time was called the Swedish State Power Board. Nilsson was tasked with portraying operations from this eventful period in Vattenfall's history.

It was during this period that many of the hydro power plants such as those in the Lule River were erected. Lennart Nilsson travelled the length and breadth of the country from Messaure in Lappland to Stenungsund in Bohuslän, during summer and winter, and, using his artistic eye, preserved for posterity the people and the spirit of the time.

Here are some of the pictures:

The Olidan power station in Trollhättan. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

The Olidan power station in Trollhättan.

The Älvkarleby hydro power station. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

The Älvkarleby hydro power station.

Black and white images of workers. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Two men planning work in Umeälven. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Black and white photos of workers. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Five CEO:s Erik Grafström, Åke Ruck, Waldemar Borgqvist, Gösta Malm and F. Wilhelm Hansen. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Five CEO:s Erik Grafström, Åke Ruck, Waldemar Borgqvist, Gösta Malm and F. Wilhelm Hansen.

A man in a control room. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Black and white images of men and machines. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

A man and a crane at Umeälven. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Umeälven

Two men at Messaure. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Workers in Messaure.

Nisse and Folke Johansson, Porjus. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Nisse and Folke Johansson, Porjus.

Black and white photos - a man and a horse at the Stadsforsens hydro power plant, and two men smoking at Stenungsundsverket. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

 

Power plant workers' village in Porsi. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Power plant workers' village in Porsi.

To the left Järkvissle in Indalsälven, to the right a water rail family. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

Järkvissle in Indalsälven and a water rail family

The architect Sven Danielsson by his model of the Råcksta office. Photo: Lennart Nilsson

The architect Sven Danielsson by his model of the Råcksta office

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