There were three Tegström sisters: Henny, Alma, and Agda. Their father had been a shipowner and restaurateur at the town hotel. They all lived together and never married. Henny, the youngest, went to Stockholm to learn photography and started the studio in 1890, with the help of her sisters, when she was just 18 years old. Some 500 photographic glass plates remain in the Luleå town archive, mostly views of the town and it´s architecture, as this was a period of great expansion. Henny did most of the photography, Alma most of the retouching and other studio work, and Agda took care of the household.
|The northern harbour.|
|The norther harbour this summer.|
|The Eriksson stonehouse (named after the architect) in 1905.|
|Same house today.|
I have also found this one from the Helmer Widlund collection:
|From the crossing Storgatan - Nygatan, in the 1930´s.|
|Same view today.|
And, I found this fun site, with lots of old photos of Luleå and other places in northern Sweden. Like these postcards:
|The northern harbour again, from the other direction.|
|How it looks today.|
|And here, the same view from before the big fire. As you can see, the churchtower looks completely different.|
|Storgatan (main street) with the National Bank house on the right. Probably around 1920.|
It´s been fun project. And a bit frustrating, to try to disregard the aesthetic impulse and just try to make the photo as alike another one as possible. In some instances, it just seemed impossible that it could be the same view, but I´m pretty sure I got it fairly right.
I have been considering the idea of trying to make a portrait of my town, a series of photographs that show it as I see it, as I live here. I realize that would take some work and some reflection. What is my relationship with this town? I take it for granted, and I can´t answer that question. I may return to this.