Photographer John Alinder captured these stunning historical photographs of his Swedish neighbors in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. His photos depict the life of Swedish people a century ago. Alinder developed thousands of pictures in his darkroom. Using special photographic paper in a frame under glass, he exposed the negatives to sunlight for the prints. The results are outstanding. There is a look of recognition on the subjects’ faces as if they were seeing us.
Born in Sävasta in Uppland, an eastern-central Swedish province where his family was a farmer, Alinder remained in his birth village until he died in 1957. He had various jobs throughout his life; among these were selling music, running a rural shop out of his home, and operating an illegal bar.