Interview with… Annette Pehrsson

Photos by Annette Pehrsson


I am a 21 year old photographer currently living in Sweden. I studied photography for two years
during upper secondary school (2005-2007), but the interest has been with me since I was younger.
My father gave me my first camera as a christmas present when I was seven years old, and already
at this young age I could see the fascination of analogue photography. I shot roll after roll, some were
developed and some were not, and I still have the un-developed ones in my closet somewhere.

Once I decided to study photography in school I switched to digital, and a few years after graduation I went
back to analogue. The process of film photography is so much more appealing to me, and compared
to digital it often gives a little more interesting results. I often portray myself in my photography, but I
almost never see my self-portraits as self-portraits. Instead, looking at myself in these pictures feels
strange and I always feel like it’s not me, it’s more like it could be anyone, or some kind of alter ego.
In July last year I published my first book through and I have been featured in other publications,
both on internet magazine and printed issues. Most recently I was featured in ELLE Girl Magazine in Korea
and the new independent Raw Magazine.

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1) Can you tell us something about you?

I am 21 years old, I live with my cats and make cookies all the time.

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2) Where do you live and work now?

I live a couple of kilometres outside of Halmstad, on the west coast of Sweden. At the
moment I am unemployed and photography is what I keep myself busy with.

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3) How long have you been a photographer?

About six years, I started getting serious with it when I began secondary school in 2004.

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4) How did you get into photography?

It’s always been there, ever since I was little. Mostly because of my father who is
also a photographer. He bought me my first camera (a regular point-and-shoot 35mm)
when I was about seven years old, and he often let me try out his SLR.

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5) Where your inspiration comes from?

This is always a difficult question. Sometimes I have no idea what inspires me, but it
can basically be anything from movies, music, books, a stream of light or a location.
And of course, other photographers always makes me motivated to shoot something.

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6) What does it mean for you streetphotography?

For me, street photography has always been portraits of people in action, mostly in an
environment located on the streets of a larger city, and preferably in black and white.

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7) Can you tell us something about your portraits, what’s is important to focus for you?

I think I would have to say that what I focus on is mostly intimacy, and this is also one
of the things I find most important when it comes to portraits in general. There has to be
some depth in order for it to be interesting, even if it is spontaneous. I also think it is
important to make the location noticable in some way in the portrait, just a glimpse of a
wallpaper, floor, curtains or anything like that. I always like the feeling of portraits combined
with landscapes as well.

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8.) What are your future works, do you have a special project?

At the moment I have nothing special going on, but I have had thoughts on starting a
diptych project: to shoot some rolls with just vertical photos and then putting them
together into a series of diptychs. I don’t know what will happen with these once I’m
finished, but an exhibition would be nice.

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