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June 3, 2014

Amazing Vintage Photos of Stockholm, Sweden in the 1910s

Heinrich Karl Hugo Bürgel studied philology at universities in Munich, Copenhagen, and Leipzig before receiving his doctorate in 1903. He moved to Sweden in 1905, receiving citizenship there two years later. In 1915 he changed his name to Henry B. Goodwin. His first position in Sweden was as an assistant to a professor of German at the university in Uppsala. He worked there until 1909, when he moved to Stockholm and began as an author of dictionaries for Norstedt & Sons.

Goodwin had been fascinated by photography since 1900 and is thought to have gone to Leipzig to study with Nicola Perscheid. He was deeply interested in the creative possibilities the photographic picture offered. He gave a lecture for Svenska Fotografers Förbund [Swedish Photographers' Association] in 1914, and from that year until 1921 he was the Swedish correspondent for Photograms of the Year's annual issue from London. In 1915 he held his first one-man exhibition.

From 1915 until 1931 he had his own professional portrait-photography studio in Stockholm. Although he was more expensive than his competitors he had a large and well-known clientele.

Goodwin learned bromoil and charcoal-print techniques from Perscheid, but it was Alvin Langdon Coburn who had the greatest effect on him. Goodwin adopted Coburn's concept "camera pictures" instead of "photography" and became a defender of Scandinavian pictorialism into the 1920s. On a trip to Germany he became acquainted with New Objectivity, which led him to change styles and find new motifs.

(Photos by Henry B. Goodwin)


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