Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm

A visitor in Stockholm

Fotografiska is a museum/gallery focusing on contemporary photography in Stockholm, Sweden. I went there on the last weekend of the Annie Leibovitz show in September 2010 , and was a bit surprised by what I found.


The gallery is on the waterfront, just south of Gamala Stan island. There is a water-bus stop next to the gallery – the nearest metro stop is Gamala Stan.

The outside of the building is lovely and well restored, and the content of the two exhibitions I saw was excellent.


The design of the galleries themselves however was really poor – they are badly laid out, the lighting is terrible, and the photographs were not particularly well hung.

There appeared to be no effort to manage attendance, and the galleries were horribly overcrowded.

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The bookstore was rather strange – while the selection is large, it is not particularly comprehensive or international (no Ansel Adams for example) and was more ‘mass market’ than I had expected. 


I would only go again if there was an exhibition I was absolutely desperate to see. Or if I wanted to photograph the building.

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