Norway’s First Paparazzi – Carl M. Størmer (1874-1957)

This just came across my desk from Ernie Beers, who is writing an article about a more local photographer, Hattie Goodnow, for the upcoming PHSNE Journal.

Norway's first paparazzi IbsenEarly 1890’s: Famous playwright Henrik Ibsen photographed by Carl M. Størmer

“I was a young 19 year-old student at the time and had gotten hold of a funny detective camera.” This is how Carl M. Størmer describes his new and amusing hobby in the St. Hallvard Journal from 1942.

In his portfolio we find photographs of the most famous Norwegian, playwright Henrik Ibsen as he strutted down Karl Johan’s street in Oslo – most likely unaware of the shooting. At that time, Størmer was a mathematician and Aurora Borealis specialist.


Norway's first paparazzi self portraitLong before the professional paparazzi began to make life miserable for celebrities, Størmer was a pioneer in the rather dubious hobby of secret photography.

In the 1890’s, he walked around in Oslo – often along main street Karl Johan – with a hidden camera and took pictures of famous men and women.

Størmer called Henrik Ibsen “an excellent object”,

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‘The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape’ Opens April 25 At Scandinavian Cultural Center In Newton

Inspirational portraits by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester create a visual archive celebrating the diversity of Massachusetts‘ citizens from 165 countries 
around the globe
April 20, 2015 – Newton, MA – The Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton is proud to host the opening exhibit of The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape on April 25. The selection of inspirational portraits by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester is a moving display of more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who are residents of the Commonwealth. The opening had originally been scheduled for March 5 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The opening exhibit of A Multicultural Landscape will be held on Saturday, April 25, with a reception at 2:00 p.m. At 2:30, Chester(shown, left) will present an artist talk. At 3:00, Westy Egmont, director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work, will speak.

A selection of the Chester’s photographs will be on display during April and May in the Scandinavian Cultural Center’s Nordic Hall Gallery, for which hours vary. The Gallery is located at 206 Waltham St. in West Newton. The photographer and a number of the exhibit’s subjects will be at the opening.

Chesters cultural-diversity collection is featured in the Dreams of Freedom: Boston’s Immigrant Experience exhibit, which began on March 10 at Boston’s

Skywalk Observatory, located on the 50th floor of The Prudential Tower.

Chester’s powerful images create a visual archive that celebrates the diversity of Massachusetts’ citizens from 165 countries around the globe. The photographs of New Americans enrich the viewer by sharing the vast cultural resources and rich ethnic heritage of the Bay State’s 351 towns and cities.

Click here to view and download high-resolution, JPEG-format images in The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape exhibit.

Click here to download a listing in Word format of the countries of all of the participants in The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape traveling exhibit.


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83rd Photograhica Show and Sale!


Americal Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield MA 01880

Saturday 9AM to 4PM & Sunday 9AM to 3PM

April 11th & 12th

Photography Auction Saturday 4:30PM April 11th

Join us at the Americal Center in Wakefield MA for PHSNE’s Photographica 83. Buying and selling mostly film along with some digital cameras of every size and format, vintage photographs, studio and darkroom equipment, stereo equipment and photographic ephemera. Dealers and exhibitors from US, Canada, Europe & Asia offer hands-on inspection of items and expert advice. And the famous PHSNE dollar table returns with many small (and not so small!) miscellaneous items starting at rock bottom prices.

General admission is $5 – Seniors $4 – Students (with valid ID), active U.S. military (with valid ID), and Photographic Historical Society of New England members are admitted to Photographica free

Earlybirds ($20 admission) may enter during dealer setup starting at 7:30AM.

Please go to  for show page and auction page for directions and other details

Free 200 car lot parking is available on at the Galvin School ½ a block away.  Directions –  Rt 128 to Exit 39 – North Avenue –Reading- Wakefield Exit. Turn right at exit and continue past 4 traffic lights.  Turn left onto Armory Street and then turn right into the Galvin school parking lot (marked with sign). On-street parking is also available. Parking meters will not be enforced on Sunday ONLY.