Carl Gustaf Rosenberg on Flickr Commons

The Church Town of Gammelstad in Nederluleå (today a UNESCO World Heritage). Photo: Carl Gustaf Rosenberg
The Church Town of Gammelstad in Nederluleå (today a UNESCO World Heritage). Photo: Carl Gustaf Rosenberg, 1940s.

The Swedish National Heritage Board has launched a new image album on Flickr Commons, with photographs by the Swedish photographer Carl Gustaf Rosenberg. During 2019, we will show and share a choice of his images, mainly from the 1940s.

The Swedish photographer C. G. Rosenberg (1883-1957) was a technically skilled photographer, with a special sense for the motives and the light. His specialities were landscapes and architecture, but people also appear in his images, which will show in the Swedish National Heritage Board’s photostream on Flickr Commons and the new album Carl Gustaf Rosenberg.

He was born in Paris in 1883, son of a Swedish artist and painter. When the family later returned to Sweden, he became interested in photography during his years at high school. After graduating, he went to New York where he was trained as photographer in 1904-1905.

Back in Sweden and Stockholm in 1906 his career started, and he began photographing for different Swedish magazines. In 1922, the Swedish Tourist Association – STF – engaged him as a photographer for their annual book about Sweden; a mission he kept for 35 years. He was also a skilful photographer of architecture, frequently engaged by the leading Swedish architects of the time.

Worker loading boards at Skönvik sawmill north of Sundsvall. Photo: Carl Gustaf Rosenberg, 1940s
Worker loading boards at Skönvik sawmill north of Sundsvall. Photo: Carl Gustaf Rosenberg, 1940s

The archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board hold about 3,000 black and white photographs by C. G. Rosenberg, most of them from the 1940s. They are from all parts of Sweden and show landscapes, towns, ancient monuments, buildings and industrial environments, but also people. About 840 images from the collection are digitized to the Board’s photo database online, Kulturmiljöbild, and this year, we will present a choice of the images on The Commons.

As always, we hope for your help to give us more information about the images, in your comments and tags. You are Very Welcome to the Swedish National Heritage Board’s photostream on Flickr Commons to view and enjoy, download, use and share Carl Gustaf Rosenberg’s images from Sweden in the 1940s!

Stockholm City Hall in snow. Photo: Carl Gustaf Rosenberg, 1940s.
Stockholm City Hall in snow. Photo: Carl Gustaf Rosenberg, 1940s.

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