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Embryo photographer Lennart Nilsson dies at 94

Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson, who shot to fame in the 1960s with photographs of human foetuses and embryos, died on Saturday at the age of 94, his family told TT news agency.

Embryo photographer Lennart Nilsson dies at 94
A stunning image from Lennart Nilsson's work A Child is Born. Photo: Lennart Nilsson/TT
A war photographer, documentary-maker and portraitist, Nilsson used an ultra-fine tube called an endoscope, to take pictures of cells and blood vessels, and went on to take images of human foetuses and embryos.
   
His 1965 book, “A Child is Born,” was one of the most successful photography albums ever, selling in the millions and becoming an iconic work for the anti-abortion movement.
   
Only later did it become widely known that many of the embryos used in the photo-essay were not alive, as many readers had thought, but had been aborted.
 
At Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, Nilsson went on to explore scientific photography.
   
He is commonly credited with the first photographs of the AIDS virus and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, using a scanning electron microscope.
 
Below is a photo of Lennart Nilsson attending a 2015 exhibition of his work. (Maja Suslin/TT)
 
 

WINTER

Ten photos that show Sweden is a perfect winter wonderland

We're now well into winter, and these photos are all the proof you need that Sweden is the most incredible place to spend the season. Be prepared for snow, lots of snow.

Ten photos that show Sweden is a perfect winter wonderland
Winter is long in Sweden, so we're lucky that it's at least beautiful to look at. Photo: Per Pixel Peterson/imagebank.sweden.se

Winter in Södermalm

With temperatures just above freezing point, Stockholm will have to do without a white Christmas this year. Fortunately, there are still photos like this where Södermalm is covered under a thick white blanket.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Stockholm In Pictures ?? (@stockholmfoto) on Dec 22, 2019 at 12:45am PST

Sled dogs

When the first snow falls the dogs are allowed to go out again. In some areas, the sled or snowmobile is the fastest way of transportation. This video shows a journey through winter wonderland. It doesn't get any more wintery than this.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Derpy Goose (@si_it_is_moi) on Dec 20, 2019 at 12:29pm PST

Northern Lights

The long, clear nights of winter provide the perfect circumstances to see the Northern Lights. This photo of the natural phenomenon was taken in Jämtland.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Linnea (@mattssons.foto) on Dec 22, 2019 at 5:10am PST

Winter lights

Further south, you might be unlikely to see the Aurora but a light spectacle of a different kind awaits. In the darker months, Swedish houses are transformed into richly decorated light shows. The centerpiece of this spectacle is the central Christmas tree. In this photo, you see the Östersund Christmas tree.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Visit Östersund (@visitostersund) on Dec 2, 2019 at 12:03am PST

Winter in Lapland

The far north of Sweden is blanketed in snow from October to April. The vast forests such as here in the Arvidsjaur area of ​​Lapland make for beautiful photos.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Taigapic Photography (@taigapic) on Dec 2, 2019 at 12:14pm PST

Swedish red-painted houses

The traditional red wooden houses, such as this one in Norrbotten's County, are a perfect place to spend a cosy winter's day.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Rin Rinrada (@dineysweet) on Dec 22, 2019 at 5:28pm PST

Kiruna

The northernmost town in Sweden is Kiruna. Here the sun does not rise above the horizon for several weeks of winter. The beautiful Church of Kiruna is an important meeting place for locals during Christmas time.
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Camp Ripan (@campripan) on Dec 22, 2019 at 11:30am PST

Swedish wildlife

In addition to bears, wolves and moose, reindeers are the kings of Swedish nature. These two were photographed in a snowstorm near Tjautjas in Lapland.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Magnus Winbjork Photo (@winbjorkphoto) on Dec 23, 2019 at 12:39am PST

Building a snowman

The vast amounts of snow give an opportunity to make snowballs, snow lanterns and of course snowmen. A lot of time has undoubtedly been spent in building this giant.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by En gård i lappländska skogen (@hogdagarden) on Dec 22, 2019 at 6:00am PST

The Ice Hotel

Every year in Jukkasjärvi in ​​the north of Sweden a colossal hotel made entirely of ice is built. A night in this unique hotel should surely be on the bucket list of any winter-lover.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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