Lennart Nilsson

On 30 April 1965, Life Magazine put a photograph on its cover that was about to make history: The image by Swedish photojournalist Lennart Nilsson (1922–2017), entitled "Foetus 18 Weeks", caused a sensation.

What until then had only been seen by merely a handful of scientists and physicians now became visible in full colour and crystal clear detail to the general public: life before birth.

The total print run of the magazine, 8 Million copies, was sold out within a few days, the issue became the fastest-selling copy in Life’s history, outnumbering even the moon landing and the Kennedy assassination. German magazine Stern subsequently also bought the pictures as did French Paris Match. Already in the same year, Nilsson published an extended version of the photo essay in a book intended for parents to be, "A Child is Born", which is one of the top-selling illustrated books of all time, having been translated into 20 languages.

Today, 55 years on, in times of 3D ultrasound technology, the quality and the richness in detail of the pictures, made years before the use of sonograms became a common practice in hospitals during the 1970s, is still astonishing. Nilsson started with working on the series in the 1950s, equipped with special cameras, lenses and endoscopes provided to him by and developed in cooperation with companies like Zeiss or Jungners Optiska.

Venue

Westlicht Center for Photography

Westbahnstraße 40
1070 Wien
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Current Dates

  • Tue. 11 Feb 2020, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 12 Feb 2020, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
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April

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May

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