INTERVIEW

June 5, 2020

ANALOG LONDON

IN CONVERSATION WITH CARL LINDHE

Photography by Carl Lindhe
Interview by Karin Svadlenak Gomez

Carl Lindhe is a retired commercial photographer living in Stockholm, Sweden. Shot exclusively in black and white, Carl's photographs provide us with a timeless slice of the 1964 London culture, as he walked the streets on his weekends off, whilst working as an assistant at Woburn Studios Ltd., freezing his subjects in spontaneous moments.

TPL: Carl, when did you start getting interested in photography? Where do you find your inspiration?

CL: When I was 12, I got a Kodak Brownie box camera. From that moment I knew I should become a photographer one day, which I did.

Anywhere. I am not so much for photographing landscapes, stills and things. I like to stroll in the streets where things happen. Trying to let my photos tell something.

TPL: Who are your favourite artists and photographers?

CL: There are a lot of interesting and talented photographers around but I can't say I have a favourite. In London 1964 I worked for a photographer, Dennis. He admired Norman Parkinson so when we occasionally passed Norman's house in Richmond, he, Dennis, insisted that we should bow deeply. Which we did.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

CL: Use a camera with no delay between pressing the shutter and storing the picture. Unless you are photographing stills. Remember that it is you and not the camera deciding how to take the picture.

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?

CL: Curiosity and an open eye. If you have a creative mind that is a bonus.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

CL: Not really. Other than I am now working with art photography.

TPL: "If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...

CL: Are there other things to do?" 😉