David Magnusson



David Magnusson











David Magnusson (b. 1983) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied at the Nordic School of Photography Biskops-Arnö with Anna Clarén, Anders Petersen, and Thomas Wågström as mentors. In addition to his projects, he works as a freelance photographer for clients such as Save the Children, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, GEO and Svenska Dagbladet.

David has received awards and honors from The Swedish Arts Committee, The Swedish Authors Fund, Picture of the Year International, Picture of the Year Sweden, as well as being selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass.

His first monograph Purity was published by Max Ström in March 2014 during the exhibition at Fotografiska, The Swedish Museum of Photography, in Stockholm. Purity has received several awards and has been featured in international media such as TIME Magazine, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Der Spiegel, Stern, La Repubblica, BBC, and The Daily Mail.

David Magnusson is represented by Pictura Gallery in the United States.


MFA in Photography, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
The Nordic School of Photography, Biskops-Arnö, Sweden
Photography, Fridhems Folkhögskola, Svalöv, Sweden




 Solo and Duo Exhibitions





 Group Exhibitions

Published, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
Interstices, Landskrona Photo Festival, Landskrona, Sweden
The Real World, Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Floating Point, Galleri Format, Malmö, Sweden
Lost in Space: Contemporary Photographers and The New Landscape,
Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, United States
Nuit Des Images (screening), Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Mehr Von Weniger/More of Less, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland
30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Villa Noailles, Hyeres, France
Pictura Gallery, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York, United States
Art in Proof: Culture and Community, 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Dear Dave, Foley Gallery, New York, United States
Exposure, Format Photo Festival, Derby, United Kingdom
The Festival of Political Photography, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland
The Festival of Political Photography, Kontupiste Gallery, Finland
Pictura Gallery, Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, United States
Framed III, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden
Planket 2014 – Angelägenheter, Stockholm, Sweden
Årets Bild, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden
Årets Bild, Neva Books, Rimforsa, Sweden
Planket, Vitabergsparken, Stockholm
Årets Bild, Fotografins Rum, Malmö, Sweden
Mitt Stockholm, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm
The Amnesty Sweden Festival, Tellus, Stockholm
Planket, Vitabergsparken, Stockholm
Årets Bild, Touring exhibition, Sweden
Planket, Vitabergsparken, Stockholm
Berätta inte för någon, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm
Berlin, Public Wall Exhibition, Lund








Grants and Awards

The Kavalla Grant, The Swedish Association of Professional Photographers, 2017
Landskrona Photo Festival Best Portfolio of the Year, Shortlisted, 2017
The Theodor and Hanne Mannheimer Fund, 2017
The Swedish Photo Book Award, Shortlisted, 2016
Adelbert Scholarship Foundation Travel Grant, 2016
30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres, Finalist, 2015
2014 Miami Beach Pulse Prize, Pulse Art Fair, Miami Beach, Shortlisted, United States, 2014
The Swedish Authors Fund, Working Grant, Sweden, 2014
Kassel Photobook Award 2014 – Best Books Of The Year, Germany, 2014
The Skövde Culture Grant, City of Skövde, Sweden, 2014
The Documentary Photography Award, The Museum of Work, Sweden, 2013
Portrait of the Year, Picture Of The Year, Sweden, 2012
The Scanpix Grant, Scanpix, Sweden, 2011
The Visual Arts Project Grant, The Swedish Arts Committee, Sweden, 2010
Award of Excellence, Magazine Feature Story, Picture Of The Year, USA, 2009
Award Winner, Portrait of the Year, Picture Of The Year, Sweden, 2009
World Press Photo Masterclass, World Press Photo, The Netherlands, 2008


The Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
The West Collection, Oaks, Pennsylvania, United States
The 21c Museum Collection, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Private Collections


Young Photography Now – Sweden, Annika von Hausswolff, Kalle Sanner & Niclas Östlind, Art and Theory, Sweden, 2017
30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres, France, 2015
Family Photography Now, S. Howarth & S. McLaren, Thames & Hudson, United Kingdom, 2015
Format 15 Evidence, Format International Photography Festival, United Kingdom, 2015
Planket 2014 – Angelägenheter, Planket, 2014
The Malmö Nordic Catalogue, Malmö Nordic, City of Malmö, 2013
Årets Bild 2012, Picture Of The Year Sweden, 2012
Planket Trettio År, Planket, 2012
Årets Bild 2011, Picture Of The Year Sweden, 2011
Planket 2010, Planket, 2010
Årets Bild 2009, Picture Of The Year Sweden, 2009
Balance, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, 2008
Planket 2008, Planket, 2008
Berätta inte för någon, Kartago, 2006

Articles and Reviews

European Photography, Germany, 2017
Voltaire, Germany, 2017
i-D Magazine, United States, 2015
Photograph Magazine, United States, 2015
The Independent, United Kingdom, 2015
Liberation, France, 2015
Los Angeles Times, United States, 2014
Huffington Post, United States, 2014
The Guardian, United Kingdom, 2014
Der Spiegel, Germany, 2014
The Daily Mail, United Kingdom, 2014
BBC, United Kingdom, 2014
Slate, United States, 2014
Buzzfeed, United States, 2014
La Repubblica, Italy, 2014
Photo-Eye, United States, 2014
Stern, Germany, 2014
Musée Magazine, United States, 2014
GUP Magazine, The Netherlands, 2014
Photonews, Germany, 2014
Der Fotobuch Salon, Germany, 2014
Wonderzine, Russia, 2014
Politiken, Denmark, 2014
The Dish, United States, 2014
Fast Co. Design, United States, 2014
Flavorwire, United States, 2014
Jezebel, United States, 2014
Refinery 29, United States, 2014
Feature Shoot, United States, 2014
Die Presse, Austria, 2014
7.7, Portugal, 2014
Beautiful Decay, United States, 2014
The Photographer Discloses, United States, 2014
FK Magazine, Latvia, 2014
Lenscratch, United States, 2014
Hotshoe, United Kingdom, 2014
TV4 Nyheterna, Sweden, 2014
Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden, 2014
Kulturnyheterna, SVT1, Sweden, 2014
Gomorron Sverige, SVT1, Sweden, 2014
Borås Tidning, Sweden, 2014
Malou Efter Tio, TV4, Sweden, 2014
Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden, 2014
ETC, Sweden, 2014
P4 Stockholm, Sveriges Radio, Sweden, 2014
TIME Magazine, United States, 2013
Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden, 2013
P1 Morgon, Sveriges Radio, Sweden, 2013
Dear Dave Magazine, United States, 2013
Helsingborgs Dagblad, Sweden, 2013
LINDA Magazine, The Netherlands, 2013
Kyrkans Tidning, Sweden, 2013
ETC, Sweden, 2013
Journalisten, Sweden, 2013
NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands, 2012
Fotografisk Tidskrift, Sweden, 2012
Morgonpasset, Sveriges Radio, Sweden 2008
Tidningen Foto, Sweden, 2008
Cap & Design, Sweden, 2008

Artist Talks, Lectures and Teaching

Landskrona Photo Festival, Landskrona, Sweden
Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia
Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres, France
Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden
Kulturparken Småland, Smålands Museer, Växjö, Sweden
Fotografins Rum, Malmö Museer, Malmö, Sweden
JMK, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
The Nordic School of Photography, Biskops-Arnö, Sweden
Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden
The Scanpix Award, Stockholm, Sweden
Norrlandsdagarna, Umeå, Sweden
Spoon, Stockholm, Sweden
Talentum, Stockholm, Sweden
Borås Fotofestival, Borås, Sweden
Re:Public Service Photo Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
Berghs School of Communication, Stockholm, Sweden
Kulturama, Stockholm, Sweden
Fridhems Folkhögskola, Svalöv, Sweden
Broby Grafiskas Fotoutbildning, Sunne, Sweden

Work Experience

Freelance Photographer, 2007 – Present
Svenska Dagbladet, Photographer, May–August 2006–2012
SJ & Lars Hall, Photographer, 2007
Upsala Nya Tidning, Photographer, 2006
Scanpix, Photographer and Picture Editor, 2005

Other Merits

Picture Editor, Novell Magazine, Sweden, 2011-2013
Board Member, The Press Photographers Association Sweden, 2009-2010





Save the Children

Financial Times

Svenska Dagbladet


Tidningen Vi



Stiftelsen .SE





Folket i Bild

När & Fjärran


Lärarnas Tidning

HP/Den Tijd


Seco Tools

TIME Magazine

The New York Times

Le Point

Liljevalchs Konsthall



Lars Hall


Dagens Nyheter




Elsa & Me

Social Qrage

Chefen i Fokus


Via Snella

Igor Produktion

Svensk Farmaci


GEO France

Der Spiegel

Panos Pictures






SEB Tryggt Liv

Holmen Magasin

Hemma i HSB


Stockholm City


Sats Magasin