“For me photography is the art of storytelling. A good photograph also contains a subtle story about the photographer.”
Christian Åslund is an award winning Swedish photographer, based in Stockholm. Christian has a background as a photojournalist working for newspapers, magazines and NGO's, documenting armed conflicts, environmental and social issues. He also shoots commercial and editorial photography, capturing life’s moments with a twist.
In 2013 Christian was awarded first place in the Campaign category of the Sony World Photography Awards.
About / Biography
Christian Åslund (b. 1974) shoots a wide range of photographic assignments. He started his professional carrier 1998 working as a newspaper staff photojournalist, turning freelance in 2001. His pictures are often characterized by a humorous undertone in an effort to convey a feeling of hope, even if the subject is serious.
Christian is committed to environmental topics and he has worked extensively with the Greenpeace organization.
In 2013 he went on an expedition to ski to the North Pole to document a manifestation to save the Arctic and declare the High Arctic and the Arctic Ocean a global sanctuary, off limits to the oil industry and unsustainable, high impact, industrial fishing.
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life
The moment photography changed my life was when I was doing a story about a nuclear site called Tuwaitha in Iraq, a couple of weeks after the 2003 US invasion.
The US forces did not protect the military base where the Yellow Cake was kept and the Iraqis heavily looted the facility spreading radioactive material unaware of the consequences in the poorest area of Bagdad.
We went there and managed to find several houses that were constructed by parts of the reactor and barrels used to store the yellow cake, now being used to collect drinking water or for bathing children. After collecting evidence we released the material and had an international press conference that forced the US to help and clean up and take action to protect the civilians. It was when I realized how powerful and important photography can be.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
Vivid storytelling with a twist.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
I have been working with so many admirable people so it’s hard to choose, but the place on earth that for me is truly amazing has to be the Arctic and specifically the Island Svalbard. I have been living for many years in a town in north of Norway called Tromsø and have been working in the Arctic regions multiple times over the past 16 years. Just being on a place like Svalbard in that vast unpopulated wilderness inspires humility for nature and reminds me how small and insignificant our egos are. Today the struggle to protect the Arctic is more important then ever with the melting sea ice and increased economical exploration of oil, gas and industrial fishing.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
I have travelled across nearly the entire world. The last continent I have yet to visit is the Antarctic. I really love nature and wildlife so that would be a dream destination.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
I would probably been working with biology or something that would bring me out to nature.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors programme?
I’m proud to be one of the Sony ambassadors. Sony is by far the most innovative camera manufacturer right now and I can try new equipment and techniques in the field at a time when the technology is developing faster than ever.
What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment (explain why)?
My favourite cameras are definitely the α7R and the α7S. They complement each other perfectly with α7r’s high definition and high Megapixel, perfect for commercial, landscape and daylight shooting, and the α7s as a low light option for documentary and photojournalistic work. The bodies are light and don’t look big or intimidating, which is ideal for working with people. I am also bringing the equipment with me more often, with a camera in the pocket and a spare lens in another pocket. For hiking its also ideal and I have almost dropped my carried weight by 50% compared to my old equipment.
Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA 55
Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS
Sony Flash Hvl-F60M
Manfrotto MVM 500a Monopod
Manfrotto 055 Tripod with Benro G3 ballhead