Brita Sofia Hesselius

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Brita Sofia Hesselius
Born 1801
Alster parish in the Karlstad Municipality, Sweden
Died 1866
Menton, France
Occupation Photographer
Nationality Swedish
Citizenship Sweden

Brita Sofia Hesselius (1801–1866) was a Swedish daguerreotype photographer. She was likely the first professional female photographer of her country.[1]

Hesselius was born in Alster parish in the Karlstad Municipality as the daughter of Olof Hesselius, inspector of an estate, and Anna Katarina Roman. From 1845 to 1853, she managed a girl school in Karlstad. In parallel, she was active with a daguerreotype photographic studio. She was as such the first professional female photographer of her country:[2] before Hedvig Söderström, the first female photographer who opened a studio in Stockholm in 1857, who was long believed to be the first.[3] The painter Marie Kinnberg also performed photography as an assistant and student of Bendixen and Adolph Meyer in Gothenburg in 1851.[4]

Hesselius also performed portraits in oil. In 1853, she moved hr studio and school to Stockholm. She eventually settled in France, where she died in Menton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Värmland förr och nu 1984. Karlstad framför kameran. Bromander, Carl Wilhelm: Från dagerrotypi till kamerakonst. Ett yrkes åttioårshistoria i Karlstad.
  2. ^ Karlstad's first professional photographer Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. by Frederick Renard (in Swedish)
  3. ^ Dahlman, Eva: Kvinnliga pionjärer, osynliga i fotohistorien (1993)
  4. ^ Dahlman, Eva: Kvinnliga pionjärer, osynliga i fotohistorien (1993)

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