Maja Daniels, Elf Dalia; LhGWR, The Hague

In LhGWR Swedish photographer Maja Daniels presently shows the more or less spiritual aspects of life in Älvdalen, an area in the Swedish Dalarna region.

She mixes her own pictures (the colour pictures) with photographs by Tenn Lars Persson (1878-1939; black and white photography) who was an avid vernacular local photographer in Älvdalen who also knew about magic and sorcery.

Daniels presents Älvdalen as a quaint place with a touch of mystery.

Her story is interesting against a background of globalisation and the local histories in Europe.

Although Daniels’ presentation is interesting and atmospheric, i missed proportionally more photographs of her own on show; as it now very much looks like an ethnographical exhibition with Persson as the central voice and photographer.

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Maja Daniels and the estate of Tenn Lars Persson and to LhGWR, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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