Photo, Print, Drawing Selma Lagerlöf.

About this Item

Title

  • Selma Lagerlöf.

Summary

  • This photograph by Henry B. Goodwin depicts the Swedish author Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (1858--1940), the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Goodwin was born the son of a Bavarian landscape painter and originally named Heinrich Buergel. He was a scholar of Old Icelandic and one of the pioneers of portrait photography in Scandinavia. He adopted a new homeland and a new name and contributed to the visual image of contemporary Swedes by becoming the most-renowned society photographer in Sweden in his era. An advocate of pictorialism, a school of photography that claimed that aesthetic merit was more important than subject matter, Goodwin sought to transform his subjects into icons. He became an image maker, not only promoting the existing images of his clients, but creating completely new ones. Lagerlöf's writings often have been regarded as a prototype for Scandinavian pastoral literature. Goodwin took another approach to his subject. He portrayed the fiercely independent and iconoclastic author as a symbol of Scandinavian resolution and physical presence.

Names

  • Goodwin, Henry B., 1878-1931 Photographer.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1917 to 1920]

Headings

  • -  Sweden--Stockholm County--Stockholm
  • -  1917 to 1920
  • -  Authors
  • -  Authors, Swedish
  • -  Lagerlöf, Selma, 1858-1940
  • -  Pictorialism (Photography movement)
  • -  Portrait photographs
  • -  Portraits

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 photograph : silver nitrate ; 50 x 39 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Sweden.
  • -  Content in Swedish.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670589

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Chicago citation style:

Goodwin, Henry B., Photographer. Selma Lagerlöf. Sweden Stockholm Stockholm County, 1917. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1920] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670589/.

APA citation style:

Goodwin, H. B. (1917) Selma Lagerlöf. Sweden Stockholm Stockholm County, 1917. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1920] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670589/.

MLA citation style:

Goodwin, Henry B., Photographer. Selma Lagerlöf. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1920] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670589/>.