Award winning master photographer Lennart Nilsson
Lennart Nilsson, born in 1922, is a pioneer in medical photography. In association with researchers and with the help of advanced, specially designed equipment, he has documented the inside of man down to the level of a cell. Throughout the years, he has devoted special attention to capturing the creation of a human being, from conception to birth.
He began as a photojournalist and published a number of photo-essays in Swedish and foreign magazines. On his assignment for the American magazine Life, to photograph Dag Hammarsköld’s arrival in New York as UN Secretary General in 1953, he took with him his first photographs of the human embryo. The photographs were published, and he was encouraged to continue photograph the origins of man. He was under contract as a photographer for Life from 1965-1972, and produced stories on the heart and heart attacks, the microscopic view inside the body and the brain.
Lennart Nilsson has received a number of eminent awards and prizes for his photographic work. He was the first recipient of The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation’s Photography Award in 1980, and received the ICP Infinity Award in 1992. His documentaries won Emmy awards in 1982 and 1996.
SVT Archive Sales can licence footage from his films 'The Miracle of Life' (1982), 'The Saga of Life' (1996), and 'The Miracle of Love' (2000).