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United Stockholms of America : Swedes who stayed

Charlie Bennet; Anna Maria Bernitz; Gabriel Mellqvist

ISBN 10: 9187283484 / ISBN 13: 9789187283482
Published by U.S.A.: Votum Forlag AB, Sweden, 2014
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A clean and bright copy. Stated first edition. No jacket. 144pp. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-19078003095

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Title: United Stockholms of America : Swedes who ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Votum Forlag AB, Sweden

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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Did you know that Stockholm suffers from depopulation but comes to life on Sundays when church calls? Or that Stockholm has organized the World Cup in pinball? In yet another Stockholm, only acemetery remains along with the memory of a vulnerable colony of sunburnt Swedes in southern-most Texas. There are hundreds of places with Swedish or Swedish-sounding names in the U.S. and at least eight Stockholms. The level of Swedish influence in these towns and cities varies, and in some places only the last names of people hint at the fact that Swedish immigrants once held a certain degree of influence. Others cherish their Swedish heritage with tenderness and pride, albeit with American accents. All are unique and completely different from the Swedish capital they were once named after. Photographer Charlie Bennet has traveled to eight different Stockholm towns in the United States. He depicts the beautiful yet desolate and lonely spirit in these depopulated areas. Some of them will soon be gone. Stockholm in Iowa, for example, more or less died when the railroad was rerouted. Stockholm in Maine, however, has maintained its strong Swedish roots. The Stockholm towns of this book are located in Iowa, Maine, New York State, New Jersey, South Dakota, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin and of course Stockholm, Sweden. The book is available in English (ISBN 9789187283482 ) as well as Swedish (ISBN 9789187283475) in assorted book stores and online.

About the Author:

Charlie Bennet has made a remarkable journey. He was in the midst of a successful career as an account director at one of Sweden s major advertising agencies when he decided to start over. After 12 years in the advertising industry, he quit his job, went back to school and studied to become a photographer. Bennet had incidentally never before held a camera, unlike many other photographers who have been photographing since an early age. He applied to the photography school Fotoskolan STHLM, and after one year of studies, the safe existence with regular income had disappeared completely. For five years, Charlie has made his living as a full time freelance photographer. He prefers to photograph architecture and landscapes but also blends lifestyle and still life in to his assignments. His work is a progressive process and he still feels his way forward in order to consolidate his niche. Bennet s photography is graphic and lines in his work are apparent. For more than two years, Charlie, who has his roots in Stockholm, Sweden, has been based in New York. He lives in the East Village with his wife but works out of his studio in Chelsea that he shares with another photographer. The studio mostly functions as a base and an office, a place where he edits images and stores equipment between travels. With many projects in Sweden, he essentially commutes between Stockholm and New York, and also the rest of the world. Charlie takes on assignments for a variety of clients, including Plaza magazine, Swedish newspaper DN, Wallpaper, Siemens, Nike, the art center Artipelag and the City of Stockholm. Between trips Charlie tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife and the members of the rest of his family who also live in New York. Moreover, he loves to cook as much as he enjoys the culinary offerings of the city s restaurants. Anna Maria Bernitz started her work with exhibitions at the Swedish Institute in 2002, with the entire world as her field of operations. She has been in charge of building confidence in Sweden and strengthening international relations through, among other things, artist exchanges between Sweden and Mongolia, or exhibiting Swedish fashion in New York. Her thesis about Swedish artist Hilma af Klint from the student days at the Sorbonne has followed with her thematically in her professional life, including an exhibition in Paris in 2008 in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou. She has an unfinished thesis on art and alchemy and a history as culture critic in publications such as the daily Expressen and the magazine Form. In everything she does, she holds a belief that it is possible to see the great in the small, and that the purpose of art is to offer up other worlds. Through her work at the Swedish Institute, she has become something of an expert on Sweden s image and how it changes over time and space. Anna Maria has long resided in Stockholm, with her husband and son, but hails from NederluleŚ in the province of Norrbotten in northern Sweden. Gabriel Mellqvist is a writer, since 2011 based in New York as the U.S. correspondent for the newspaper Dagens industri. From New York, he reports on both financial, stock market and political news, as well as on travel, entertainment and the allurement of city living. In his journalistic work, he has repeatedly come back to Swedes and Swedish descendants in the United States, and also to the many different life situations and conditions that the great multifaceted nation offers. His work on this book generated many such meetings, with a number of open people in remote places, far from the avenues of Manhattan. Before moving to New York, he worked for the same newspaper in Stockholm, London and Brussels. He also makes television broadcasts for DiTV and participates in morning talk shows or as a commentator on financial and business news. His first

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