COLLECTION SCHWANDER // With its approximate 3,500-4,000 photographs and its 1,000 books, pamphlets, invitations, and with the significant collection of newspaper cuttings, forming the current collection a unique historical and aesthetic glimpse of especially Danish and Nordic photographic history. The largest private collection in Denmark.

Berlin, 2007

More than 1.000 pictures are devoted to erotics and nudes through 100 years.

The collection, which was based in Copenhagen in 1980, has become a cultural focal point for contemporary art in Denmark.

The collection consists of various photographic images also by a number of special collections: Arne Brandt pictures from Denmark in the 1940s, Thierry “Colonel” Geoffroy conceptual works, Camilla Holmgren’s self portraits – and not at least the royal pictures. Originally collected for an exhibition on HRH Margrethe II’s and her 25th anniversary as Queen. At the Queen’s request, subsequently traveling exhibition launched in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry. Since 1996/1997, this part of the collection has been supplemented by a large number of acquisitions incl. First Day envelopes, official New Year’s card from – and signed by – HRH King Frederik IX, etc. Viggo Rivad’s about 250 pictures in the collection has been the subject of a series of exhibitions in Spain, including Barcelona and Marbella. This project was initiated by the Danish Consulate General of Spain in cooperation with the Danish Embassy.

The collection has also been shown in Centro Cultural, Andratx (Mallorca), in Barcelona, Marbella, Berlin and Denmark.

Shlomo (Lee) ABRAHMOV (1954-2014) was an American/Israeli photographer. 1998-2014 Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel. 1998-2008 Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Design. 2004-2008 Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. Instructional Systems Technologies. 2008-2014 Senior Lecturer. 2007-2011 Mentor and advisor to Shalom Shpilman and the Shpilman Institute of Photography. 2010-2014 Chair, professional tenure committee Wizo Academy of Design and Education, Haifa Israel. 2010-2014 Referee for M.A thesis, Communication Dpt. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Ben Gurion University, Israel.

Shlomo Abrahmov, Three Pears, 1992-1993 (gold gelatine)


Woman in a mirror (silver gelatine)


Women in a mirror (silver gelatine)


Girl in a window (silvert gelatine)

Nobuyoshi ARAKI (1940-) is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname Arākī.

Nobuyoshi Araki (Polaroid)

Victor ARIMONDI (1942–2001) was an Italian American photographer and model who lived and worked in Europe before moving to the United States in the late 1970s. His early fashion photography, his portraits of Grace Jones and other artists, and his male nudes photographed in New York and San Francisco captured the pre-AIDS culture of the 1970s and early 1980s. Arimondi’s nudes were collected in several books, including David Leddick‘s award-winning The Male Nude. The photographer’s later work documented homeless individuals in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood and the toll of the AIDS epidemic on the city. His photographs, featured in several posthumous exhibitions, also are in the collections of Sweden’s museum of modern art, Moderna Museet, and San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society.

Victor Arimondi, app. 1970s (silver gelatine)

Anders ASKEGAARD is a Danish photographer based in London. He began photographing in the early 1980s. His motives are often based on the erotics, portraits and travels. Often these three elements are connected in a subtle world. Especially in the late 1980s, where he stayed permanently in Paris, one sense this strong, impulsive eroticism in everyday life.

Anders Askegaard, Paris, app. 1987 (silver gelatine)

Roger BALLEN (1950-) is an American photographer living in Johannesburg, South Africa, and working in its surrounds since the 1970s. His body of work, developed over a period of four decades, began in the documentary field but his approach has widened to allow for a fictionalised visual dialogue between individuals, their architectural space, found objects and domesticated animals. His approach has been hailed as among the most unusual and exciting developments in contemporary photography. While Ballen’s work is often described as “dark”, he describes his photography as essentially psychological, and speaks of the images referring to humanity’s “shadow side”. He say: “Shadow is better than dark, because dark for a lot of people connotates evil, and I always say it’s just the opposite. […] The pictures shouldn’t be seen as dark, and I’m not quite clear what is ‘dark’, anyway.” Critics have written about Ballen’s shift from depictions of the everyday to the creation of tableaux vivants noting that the dramatic arrangement has defied conventions of documentary photography.

Roger Ballen, Twirling Wires, 2001 (silver gelatine)

Bror BERNILD (1921-2013) was a Danish photographer and former member of the resistance. He established in 1943 own studio for advertising, fashion, architecture, illustration and portrait photography. Internationally he is best known for the book “Kan vi være dette bekendt?” (Can We Allow Ourselves This?) from 1946. The book documents the life circumstances of society rearguard with accommodation in small, dark and unhealthy apartments. The book is included in Parr & Badger’s “The Photobook: A History Vol.II”. Bror Bernild has been responsible for several photo exhibitions, including “We Humans”, the Danish version of the touring international photo exhibition The Family of Man, as Edward Steichen in 1955 created the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition was a huge success and had a great importance in Danish photographic and cultural history.

Bror Bernild, woman (gelatine silver)

Jens BIRKEMOSE (1943-) Danish painter, photographer and pianist living in Paris from 1976 to 2010. His photographs are often with sexual motives and has been one of the major sources of inspiration for Lars von Trier’s movie “Nymphomania”. Jens Birkemose’s photographs are not “just” photographs but his own and others phantasms done on paper.

Jens Birkemose, 1986 (Process on paper)

Henrik BRAHE (1965-) is a Danish  autodidakt photographer and artist. Studies Near oriental Archaeology at the University of Copenhagen. Travels to more than 40 countries in the past 35 years. Lived and worked in Rome, Pietra Santa, New York, Paris, Damascus and Beirut. Gives lectures in photography and art. Participated in more than a 100 exhibitions, film and video festivals all over the world. Henrik Brahe’s images are often violent and are working with and against the fine art aesthetics.

Henrik Brahe, Non Totem, 1990’s (gelatine silver with paint inscriptions)

Douglas DAVIS (1933–2014) was an American artist, critic, teacher, and writer. In 1977, at the opening of documenta 6, alongside Nam June Paik and Joseph Beuys, Douglas Davis took part in one of the first international satellite telecasts with his live performance The Last Nine Minutes. Davis received grants for his work by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts & the Trust for Mutual Understanding, among other institutions. He taught advanced media at more than 25 universities and art colleges and served as consultant in this field for several corporations & foundations. Davis published the book Art and the Future in several countries in 1973. ArtCulture: Essays on the Post-Modern (1977), is a book of theoretical essays. The Five Myths of TV Power (or, Why the Medium is Not the Message), 1993, focuses on the crucial importance of the viewer, the “human” element in media theory.

Douglas Davis, portait, 2001 (digital c-print)

George DUREAU (1930–2014) was an American artist whose long career was most notable for charcoal sketches and black and white photography of poor white and black athletes, dwarfs, and amputees. Robert Mapplethorpe is said to have been inspired by Dureau’s amputee and dwarf photographs, which showed the figures as “exposed and vulnerable, playful and needy, complex and entirely human individuals.” For the vast majority of his life, he lived in the French Quarter,NMew Orleans, where he was well known for his eccentricity and hospitality. His friend and student, Robert Mapplethorpe restaged many of his earlier black and white photographs. Dureau died of Alzheimer’s disease.

George Dureau, “B.J. Robinson”, 1979 (gelatine silver)