Dawid (Björn Dawidsson) is one of Sweden’s most respected and well known photo based artists.
The main body of work are rare Vintage Silver Gelatin Prints but he also has recent work where he has utilised the possibilities of digitalisation proving his continous experimentation with both ancient and modern techniques and equipment.
Dawid has been called Sweden´s first post-modern artist and has for over thirty years been making series of photographically based artworks examining the nature of the medium and exploring issues of perception. He began photographing in the late sixties, documenting incongruous moments with a wry sense of humour, until he established his signature style of stark graphic illustration, initiated by the seminal Rost series. His work often balances on a tight rope between the graphic and the photographic and reflects, criticises and parallels the chequered history and changing status of photography.
A photographic alchemist, intellectual and scientist with a long list of solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, more than 30 personal photobooks and a collectors choice with his work in prestigeous collections like The National Museum of Art Oslo, Moderna Museet Stockholm and the Hasselblad Collection to mention a few as well as a wide range of private collections.
Dawid has since the 1970s been exhibited at leading galleries and institutions in Sweden and internationally, including the Moderna Museet, Millesgårdens art gallery and Thiel Gallery in Stockholm, Folkwang Museum in Essen Germany, Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. He has published numerous books and catalogues, and in 2001 his Beautiful Frames was published on Steidl with lyrics by Michael Mack. Year 2009 Dawid awarded the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s Grand Prize for his artistic achievements and significance in the present. Dawid was born 1949 in Örebro, Sweden.