• NameMattias Edwall
  • Activity/Titlefotograf
  • Sexmale
  • Variant namesMattias Edwall
  • Nationality/DatesSwedish, born 1958-06-21
  • PlacesPlace of activity: Stockholm, Sweden
BiographyMattias Edwall (born 1958) is a still photography and film photographer. As the son of actor Allan Edwall and author Britt Edwall, he came into contact with the world of film early on in life. He started his career as a fashion photographer in New York and one of his early jobs was as an assistant to Annie Leibovitz and Patrick Demarchelier. Here he also gained the opportunity to explore his own personal form of expression. Edwall returned to Sweden in 1986, producing a wealth of advertising films and music videos throughout the following decade.

In recent years Edwall has become particularly known for his photographic book on Cirkus Cirkör, in which he collected a series of expressive and colourful photographs of tightrope walkers, acrobats, fire-eaters and jugglers spanning 17 years in the work Cirkus (2013). Another important genre that Edwall has worked with is portrait photography. Considering his background, actors and artists have long dominated. Edwall works thoroughly and prepares the ground with sketches, gathering ideas for his staged pictures. It is not unusual for him to have his models act as if they were on stage, a method used to good effect in his portrait of H. R. H. Prince Carl Philip. [See Inventory number NMGrh 5110]