The Photographer Knut Koivisto

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Knut Koivisto works in Stockholm and is one of Sweden’s most respected portrait photographers. In the beginning of 1997 he started his own studio concentrating on corporate portraits and as a still photographer on Swedish major movies and television dramas. Knut Koivisto’s no-nonsense portraits of Sweden’s glitterati and top magnates cut through egos, forced poses and projected personalities, right to the very heart and soul of a person. To put the person at the center and capturing a sense of reality is central to the way Knut works.

Knut teaches at Fotografiska Akademin, where he leads popular workshops in portrait photography. He has also lectured and held classes abroad, including Norway, Denmark, Germany and Japan. The switch to digital photography and the possibility with the emerging social medias has also become a great interest for Knut Koivisto. And in addition to regular workshops in portrait photo he also holds workshops in mobile photography.

KK is Fuji Ambassador and on Instagram. There is where I found him in December 2017 searching which camera should be my next. He provided first class advices and I ended up with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujifilm XF 16-55 mmf/2.8 R LM WR. Admittedly a bit over my budget, but I do not regret the investment. It’s a superb tool. The 16-55 is “not small”, but the advantage is that it stay on the camera allways. No dust on the sensor!

After my first inquiry, KK has been so kind and adviced me in other matters related to the mystery in how to realize oneself through photography. 😉

By following Knut on Instagram I have discovered his qualities and skills and standing among photographers.  In addition to being a respected portrait photographer, KK is a gifted Street-photographer, and it is as such I feel most “related” to him.

KK ran @fotografiska Instagram between October 2012 – September 2014. When he started they had about 1.400 followers, when he left it had increased to about 25.000. Since then he has also visited LensCulture, Fujifilm Nordic and @fotografiska Instagram (again May 2018).

FOTOGRAFISKA Wall of Fame by Knut Koivisto is his project in collaboration with FOTOGRAFISKA. It’s about the photographers who have exhibited at FOTOGRAFISKA throughout the years.

At Fotografiska Academy he is running a portrait workshop (del 1) and a Master Class Portrait Workshop (del 2).


on this blog > Fotografiska

Their official web-site > Fotografiska

If you want to be Inspired and learn some trade-secrets – follow my advice follow Knut Koivisto on Instagram.

Street Photography

I’m trying to find out what the term ‘Street Photography’ comprises.

Some of my attempts (click on image to enlarge):

What happens here??

I haven’t the faintest idea. Did the girl in the yellow raincoat fall down from the sky? Did she stumbel (if so – in what) reading her magazine?
The proof that it happened is in my files  – a colour slide telling it occurred in Oslo 29. april 1986. Luftig gange Luftiggange ny scan02Me and my camera was there. 😉


The ultimate answer?

A brief excerpt of a conversation that Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye had with Colin Westerbeck, co-author of Bystander, the definitive book on the history of street photography.
The interview was conducted as part of a promotion for another book, Street Photography 2015. Publisert 21. apr. 2017

Interview With Colin Westerbeck

Great reading

Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen Mc Laren Thames & Hudson 2010

The Street Photographer’s Manual by David Gibson
Thames & Hudson 2014

Recommended links to tutorials etc.:

Magnum learn



7 TIPS for Street Photography EduardoPavezGoye

A Guide to Street Photography: Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus | Engadget

Celebration of Photography 2017: Matt Stuart about working with the Leica M10:

My Street Photography

The term
I consider myself a Street Photographer – in a somewhat extended understanding of the term. If you include “people” and “candid” you come closer to where to file me.

Continue reading Street Photography

Books on BLURB

Frontpage 6 booksI found BLURB some years ago.  It proved to be just what I had been looking for, an easy to use digital book-publishing tool. Very professional with reasonable pricing. (Above front pages of some of my books.)

Have a preview:

About the Book:

Jeg kom flyttende til Halden tidlig på 1970-tallet. Bildene jeg har valgt å vise i denne boka er fra øyeblikk som har gitt meg mye glede og mange gode minner. (0g litt vemod.)

About the Book:
Maitreyee Manglurkar has 23 July 2009, very well described what it’s all about: “Street photography – as the name suggests – literally means shooting on the street. It may be regarded as a close relative of documentary photography. However, there is more to it than just picking up your camera and clicking images on the street. The basic idea of street photography is to capture life in its candid moments. Call it a voyeuristic documentation, if you will. And easy as it sounds, there is a technique and logic behind it as well. And it’s not all about being trigger happy all the time.” Hope MM will stumble across my book City Folk one Sunny Day 🙂

About the Book:
Images of people and places in Gdynia, Gdansk, Sopot and Warsaw July 2006 is what you will find in this book. Ill never forget this travel – hope you’ll like it too. March 2013 Stein B-O.

About the Book:
Images from my world – in black and white. As a humanist sees it. Private and universal. I try to be timeless and true to “The decisive moment”.

About the Book:
A selection of Instagrams. Chosen by heart. Nothing more and nothing less. Photos not disturbed by Words.

About the Book:
Besides my Family, Photography is the passion of my life. Very often my Family brings me to places, sights and events where I experience moments worth collecting. Bohuslän in Western Sweden is such a place. Deliberately I have omitted caption with details about time and places. The images in this book is of course my subjective choice. Dream and create your personal visions. Halden in November 2016. Stein Beyer-Olsen

About the book:
Ad lib choice from my Instagramaccount. More “interpretation” than documentation. Colourful and¨”extracted”. Often from iPhone. Treated with Snapseed.

About the book:
I show a Collection of images which I denotes as “Humanist Photography”. Intended to show and celebrate Human interaction -The beauty of man – Poetry in life – Humor – Caring.

About the book:
Photo-fighting  – I like to fight With my pictures. If I belive it’s possible to squeeze what I saw out of a poor photo, I try “everything” based on my conviction that Beauty, Passion and Expression beat Perfection. The images in this book has ben treated with SNAPSEED and published on his Instagram account ‘steinbeyerolsen’.

About the book:
I welcome you to share my impressions of the beautiful Island of Gran Canaria – tourist and everyday life. Your search for date and place information, will be invain. Turn the pages randomly and create your own stories and pictures. Have a nice trip!