Björn Dawidsson was born Örebro, Sweden in 1949. He studied photography at the Christer Strömholm’s School of Photography from 1969 to 1970 and graphic design at the Beckmans Art School in 1971. Dawidsson, who publishes as Dawid, made his debut as a photographer in the early 1970s. Art critics have called him the country’s last modern and its first postmodern artist, challenging the tradition and perceived ideal of documentary photography which at that time dominated the photographic scene in Sweden. With his strong focus on the formal aspects of photography, he constantly explores the medium’s material and visual possibilities as well as its limits, often balancing on a tightrope between the graphic and the photographic. Dawid incessantly discovers new angles to look at those ordinary objects that surround us, simultaneously paying tribute to and questioning their given form. The radicalness, which characterizes Dawid’s works, lies in the constant testing and transgression of this threshold. Dawid has been exhibited in many national and international museums and galleries and is represented in a number of significant art collections.Dawid lives and works in Stockholm.
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