Cato Lein is a Norwegian-born photographer who has lived in Sweden since the 1980s. He has established himself as a recognized freelance photographer with regular assignments for the culture departments of leading Swedish newspapers, such as Dagens Nyheter and Göteborgs-Posten.
Lein has been recognized and honored for his work through several awards. He received the Swedish photobook award for the book "Northern Silence", which shows the landscape of Northern Norway in a poetic and dramatic way. He has also been awarded for his portraits and other photographic projects, thanks to his unique and distinctive style. Lein is a photographer who likes to let his projects develop naturally over time, and he takes the time to really understand and capture the essence of what he photographs. With an impressive career and a dedicated commitment to his work, it is clear that Cato Lein will continue to have a significant impact on the field.
Lein has worked on several projects over the years, some of which include:
- "Northern Silence": This project involved taking pictures over a period of 25 years, from 1987 to 2012. The pictures show the landscape of Northern Norway in a unique way, and it was only recently that Lein was able to put the material together a continuous series.
- "Arctic Grit": This project took Lein 10 years to complete, and it involved traveling to the northern parts of Sweden, Finland, Siberia and Norway. Through the pictures, Lein wanted to convey the rawness and beauty found in these arctic areas.
- "The Poet and the Baltic Sea": This ongoing project started in 1995 and focuses on the Baltic Sea and its significance for different cultures and countries.
- "Patina": Lein has always had an interest in portraying writers and artists, and this project has given him the opportunity to do so throughout his career. He continues to explore and document the creative and intellectual environment through portraits and images.
- "Soma": This 12-year project explores life's pain, sadness and happiness. Lein created a series of portraits that show people in their most vulnerable and real moments.
- "Överlevarna": This project involved portraying 130 Holocaust survivors, who were interviewed by Bernt Hermele. The book and an ongoing podcast were created to convey their stories.
Lein has also participated in several exhibitions, both in Sweden and internationally. He has published several books presenting his photographic work.
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