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Born: Axel Theodor Lindahl 
Dates:  1841 - 1906
Born:  Sweden, Mariestad
Active:  Sweden / Norway
Axel Theodor Lindahl was a Swedish photographer notable for his early photography of Norwegian landscapes and documentation of the daily life of Norwegians. Lindahl was born in Mariestad in southwestern Sweden. With his brother Udo he opened his own photography studio in Udevalla in 1865; within one year, his work was exhibited in museums. By around 1867, he had moved his business to Gothenburg .Once established there, he extended his interest to landscape photography, focusing initially on the Swedish west coast, and then moving into Norway. In 1883 he sold his interest in the studio in Sweden and made Norwegian landscapes his exclusive area of business, working closely with the publisher Rich. Andvord. Unlike many of his contemporary photographers who emphasized the dramatic nature of Norwegian landscapes, Lindahl sought in his composition the harmonious aesthetic of his subject matter. Why did Lindahl choose to photograph in Norway? No one is sure, but one reason may be business opportunities. Norway was experiencing a tourist boom, and at the same time the Norwegian's interest in their own land was expanding. He remained active throughout the 19th century and left over 3500 negative plates.
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