A short bio of Andreas Palmén.
Andreas Palmén (1970 Umeå, Sweden) grew up in Junsele, a place of woodlands and many lakes. Peter “Petter Knäpp” Jonsson, 1890 – 1956, one of Junsele’s pioneering photographers was the uncle of Palmén’s grandfather, and Palmén was intrigued by the stories about Jonsson as recounted by his grandfather. Today, he remains fascinated by the progression in the art of photography from the early 20th Century.
Palmén got his first position as a photography assistant in Stockholm working with studio photographer Christer Carlson, in particular learning the craft of large format studio photography. Later, he became head assistant to one of Sweden’s best portrait photographers – Jonas Fredwall Karlsson, prior to Karlsson’s “move” to the US and Vanity Fair. For two years Palmén worked with Karlsson on location throughout Sweden and in the US, mainly editorial portrait shoots for magazines but also commercial work. As head assistant, Palmén’s responsibilities included setting up lighting, keeping photographic gear in order and working in the photo laboratory copying. This was an incredibly intense and important period for Palmén who learnt a great deal about the art of portrait, and the use of studio lighting both in the studio and on location.
Curious and creative, Palmén has played the cello from an early age and also has a passion for biology. In fact, he left Karlsson’s studio to study for a Master’s Degree in Population Genetics and Conservation Biology at Stockholm University. Later, he began a Ph.D at Södertörn University College and, the oldest university in Sweden, Uppsala University.
Following his heart, Palmén returned to after over 10 yrs in the academia. He set up his own business as a freelance photographer in 2006. His practice is focused on fine art photography and assigned work. Working both commercial and editorial, taking in people, and products. His commissions also include photographs for academic institutions undertaking research.
Andreas Palmén is a member of the Swedish Association of Professional Photographers (SFF) - a non profit organization for professional photographers in Sweden.