In Pictures: Sune Jonsson's And Time Becomes a Wondrous Thing at PM Gallery and House

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 November 2011
A black and white photo of a husband and white pair of farmers, out in the field carrying rakes and implements
A significant and rarely-seen collection of images by Sune Jonsson, one of Sweden's most important documentary photographers, is heading to PM Gallery in London© Courtesy Sune Jonsson and the Västerbottens museum, Umeå, Sweden
A black and white photo of a man in a suit holding his cap as he stands in an industrial quarry
And Time Becomes a Wondrous Thing is a collection of frozen moments in time, captured in black and white by the Hasselblad Award-winning photographer© Courtesy Sune Jonsson and the Västerbottens museum, Umeå, Sweden
A black and white photo of a man embracing a woman in a bridal outfit in a rural setting
They largely depict Swedish rural life in the 1960s, when Jonsson was perfectly positioned to witness and document the transition from agricultural to industrial society in his role as a field ethnologist for the Museum of Västerbotten in the north of Sweden© Courtesy Sune Jonsson and the Västerbottens museum, Umeå, Sweden
A black and white photo of two young girls wearing formal decorative hats with their backs to the camera
Jonsson's work captures people who lived off and worked on the land, using traditional farming methods during an era destined to disappear and be replaced by the contemporary city life seen there today© Courtesy Sune Jonsson and the Västerbottens museum, Umeå, Sweden
A black and white photo of a man leaning against a street lamp on a wide city street
A trip to New York in 1965 saw Jonsson become particularly interested in the work of the American Farm Security Administration photographers who documented the great depression of the 1930s© Courtesy Sune Jonsson and the Västerbottens museum, Umeå, Sweden
A black and white photo of a man in formal clothes sitting on a bench in a drawing room holding a book
Jonsson's images of Swedish farm workers, smallholders and members of the Free Church movement are distinctive, melancholy portraits of people within the community where he lived and worked, captured in their own milieu and time. They are accompanied by photos from New York and the uprising in Prague in 1968© Courtesy Sune Jonsson and the Västerbottens museum, Umeå, Sweden
  • Runs November 26 2011 – January 7 2012. Open Tuesday-Friday 1pm-5pm (11am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday). Admission free.
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