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Northern Lights light up early photography of the Karin and Lars Hall Collection

The collection of Karin and Lars Hall was started by Lars Hall during the 1970’s, when he was working as an art director and partner of a large advertising agency, Hall & Cederquist AB, in Stockholm. In 1977 he and his partners started the legendary gallery Camera obscura in Stockholm, the first photo gallery in Scandinavia to present fine art photography. The Irving Penn collection stems from Hall's warm relation to his artists. When he met Karin Hall in 1989, they decided to continue the building up of a collection that today counts approximately 400 photographs.

This new exhibition in Norway presents a unique collection of artists that have shaped the development of photography as an art form, and consists of approximately 180 works of photography, spanning from the 1842 to 2002. The legendary photographers include William Henry Fox Talbot, Edward Weston, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugène Atget, August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz, Eadweard Muybridge, André Kertész, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Édouard Boubat, Annie Leibovitz and Irving Penn, in addition to a whole range of Swedish master photographers like Hasse Persson, Patrik Andersson, Anders Kristensson and Christer Strömholm. This doesn't happen very often in Norway!

Guided tours will be conducted at 12.00 on 8 and 29 April, 13 and 27 May, 10 and 24 June and 12 August. For booking please visit or call  +47 51 99 45 19. 

The impressive list of vintage works on show can be found here, the official press release here, and detail of the exhibition here.


Photo: Preparing for the opening of the exhibition on 31st March 2011 (Copyright: Statoil)

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