FACES OF SCANDINAVIA

Photographer: Mattias Edwall

(Interview follows photo series)

INTERVIEW BY MICHAEL WILLIAMS
STORY BY KAREN CLEVELAND

Shot over several years, Stockholm-based photographer Mattias Edwall hand-selected his favourite portraits for Imagista. The twenty-two images span a wide range of subjects from royalty (Prince Carl Phillip) to directors (Lasse Hallström), actors (Dolph Lundgren), models and musicians (Eva Dahlgren). The only singular thread between them is the photographer who shot them, and the fondness he carries for these shots.

When pressed on what makes portraits his favourite photography discipline, Edwall explains the pull he feels, the glimpse into the subject’s life and the veracity in portraits. “You can’t make it up. I have to find something in the person before me.”

The richness and elegance of Edwall’s portraits are a testament to his ability to draw that something out of his subjects. His masterful technical skill has earned his highly regarded stature as one of Scandinavia’s top photographers.

“I photograph people. That’s what I do, whether it’s a fashion assignment, classic portrait or advertising job. I try to build a character that reaches out, every time. I’m of the opinion that photos should carry a scent. They should embody an extra dimension that may seem almost intangible, but that creates a certain mood. I live by the creed that every image should tell a story.”