Christer Strömholm

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1918 Born on July 22, in Stockholm.
1924 After his parents’ divorce, Christer divides his time between two families. His father is in the armed forces and stationed in various parts of the country, so the young Christer leads a wandering life.
1934 His father commits suicide June 6 1937 Moves to Dresden to study art under professor Waldemar Winkler. They clash about Paul Klee and other forbidden artists from Bauhaus. Christer soon leaves Dresden, moving to Paris.

10475941_10203095234134271_1029949633_n 1938 Seeks out his old teacher, Swedish artist Dick Beer, visiting him in Arles. Returns to Sweden to study painting under Otte Sköld and Isaac Grünewald, in Stockholm.
1939 Completes his military service with an antitank regiment.
1940 Volunteers to fight the Russians in the Russo-Finnish War.
1940-45 Joins a Swedish volunteer corps to fight the Germans in Norway. Later works for the Norwegian resistance in Stockholm.10455491_10203095234574282_1910318267_n
1946-56 Moves to Paris and enrols at the Arts Academy. Discovers the large-format camera and realises that the photographic image offers the sort of possibilities for expression that he has wished for and sought. Does a series of artist portraits and his own, very individual images. Also studies at the arts academies of Florence and Faenza, in Italy. Adopts the nom d’artiste Christer Christian. ( source: Christer Strömholm’s Facebook Page )

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