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Ulla Lemberg

Ulla Lemberg, Swedish photographer and filmmaker. Born 1946 in Malmö.

Ulla says: It is on my 12th birthday that I get my first camera from my mother Alice and father Johan. After a couple of years with my camera in constant company, I am completely fascinated by the fact that I can freeze what I see and experience. I decided that my profession should be a photographer.

In the mid-1960s, I studied at Professor Christer Strömholm’s fantastic photography school in Stockholm.

For over fifty years I work as a photographer and filmmaker with the whole world as my field of work. I produce the exhibitions “Women of the World”, “Dear Children”, “I Want You To Know” the films “When Nobody Sees,” “Witnesses,” “Where are my mother and father?”

In 2011, I founded the global cultural foundation Change Attitude. Change Attitude will work with culture as a tool to create a world where all violence against the children of the world has ceased to exist forever!

“Change takes time, but not an eternity.” – Ulla Lemberg

“It’s a very hot day at the end of July.

In 1980, on behalf of Aftonbladet, I arrived in Moscow to watch the Olympic Games with six male colleagues.

On the way from the airport to the hotel, I see that the streets are crowded with women. Women of all ages wearing grey work clothes and wearing shawls on their heads. Working ants sweeping streets, painting buildings and mowing the grass in the parks. Quickly, I’m out on the streets to photograph the women. It has only been a few minutes when I see the woman mowing the grass in a park with a heavy lawnmower. The woman has hung her handbag on the lawnmower.

When I have just managed to photograph the woman, I feel a hard thump in my back. I turn around. In front of me is a large man in military uniform – The man hums a few words in Russian, grabs my arm tightly and pulls me to a waiting jeep. I am driven to a large barracks, where I am accused of espionage in English.

I ask if I can visit a toilet? It goes well will be the answer! Without anyone noticing, I get the camera with me where I have the film with the woman and the handbag. In the toilet under running water as a soundstage, I rinse out my film and put it in my pocket. After six hours, I’m released with the movie in my pocket! “

Ulla Lemberg

Ulla Lemberg, Swedish photographer and filmmaker. Born 1946 in Malmö.

Ulla says: It is on my 12th birthday that I get my first camera from my mother Alice and father Johan. After a couple of years with my camera in constant company, I am completely fascinated by the fact that I can freeze what I see and experience. I decided that my profession should be a photographer.

In the mid-1960s, I studied at Professor Christer Strömholm’s fantastic photography school in Stockholm.

For over fifty years I work as a photographer and filmmaker with the whole world as my field of work. I produce the exhibitions “Women of the World”, “Dear Children”, “I Want You To Know” the films “When Nobody Sees,” “Witnesses,” “Where are my mother and father?”

In 2011, I founded the global cultural foundation Change Attitude. Change Attitude will work with culture as a tool to create a world where all violence against the children of the world has ceased to exist forever!

“Change takes time, but not an eternity.” – Ulla Lemberg

“It’s a very hot day at the end of July.

In 1980, on behalf of Aftonbladet, I arrived in Moscow to watch the Olympic Games with six male colleagues.

On the way from the airport to the hotel, I see that the streets are crowded with women. Women of all ages wearing grey work clothes and wearing shawls on their heads. Working ants sweeping streets, painting buildings and mowing the grass in the parks. Quickly, I’m out on the streets to photograph the women. It has only been a few minutes when I see the woman mowing the grass in a park with a heavy lawnmower. The woman has hung her handbag on the lawnmower.

When I have just managed to photograph the woman, I feel a hard thump in my back. I turn around. In front of me is a large man in military uniform – The man hums a few words in Russian, grabs my arm tightly and pulls me to a waiting jeep. I am driven to a large barracks, where I am accused of espionage in English.

I ask if I can visit a toilet? It goes well will be the answer! Without anyone noticing, I get the camera with me where I have the film with the woman and the handbag. In the toilet under running water as a soundstage, I rinse out my film and put it in my pocket. After six hours, I’m released with the movie in my pocket! “

Ulla Lemberg

Ulla Lemberg, Swedish photographer and filmmaker. Born 1946 in Malmö.

Ulla says: It is on my 12th birthday that I get my first camera from my mother Alice and father Johan. After a couple of years with my camera in constant company, I am completely fascinated by the fact that I can freeze what I see and experience. I decided that my profession should be a photographer.

In the mid-1960s, I studied at Professor Christer Strömholm’s fantastic photography school in Stockholm.

For over fifty years I work as a photographer and filmmaker with the whole world as my field of work. I produce the exhibitions “Women of the World”, “Dear Children”, “I Want You To Know” the films “When Nobody Sees,” “Witnesses,” “Where are my mother and father?”

In 2011, I founded the global cultural foundation Change Attitude. Change Attitude will work with culture as a tool to create a world where all violence against the children of the world has ceased to exist forever!

“Change takes time, but not an eternity.” – Ulla Lemberg

“It’s a very hot day at the end of July.

In 1980, on behalf of Aftonbladet, I arrived in Moscow to watch the Olympic Games with six male colleagues.

On the way from the airport to the hotel, I see that the streets are crowded with women. Women of all ages wearing grey work clothes and wearing shawls on their heads. Working ants sweeping streets, painting buildings and mowing the grass in the parks. Quickly, I’m out on the streets to photograph the women. It has only been a few minutes when I see the woman mowing the grass in a park with a heavy lawnmower. The woman has hung her handbag on the lawnmower.

When I have just managed to photograph the woman, I feel a hard thump in my back. I turn around. In front of me is a large man in military uniform – The man hums a few words in Russian, grabs my arm tightly and pulls me to a waiting jeep. I am driven to a large barracks, where I am accused of espionage in English.

I ask if I can visit a toilet? It goes well will be the answer! Without anyone noticing, I get the camera with me where I have the film with the woman and the handbag. In the toilet under running water as a soundstage, I rinse out my film and put it in my pocket. After six hours, I’m released with the movie in my pocket! “