Lars Wallsten is a photographer, writer and a researcher working with photography both theoretically and practically. The photographic image is essential.

LW has made several exhibitions that have attracted much attention. His artistic practice is critical and investigative. A number of art projects have used forensic photography as a starting point, but may be seen more broadly as an investigation of conditions and challenges in the photographic medium.

LW has a PhD in Photographic composition. The doctoral thesis examines photography as a trace and as applied visual evidence. It discusses photography in the context of art, science, law and culture. An ongoing research project, is currently studying the interface between artistic research and the traditional academic environment. It highlights knowledge production, pedagogic method development and visual communication, with a primary focus on theory, practice and methods for essay writing.


Lars Wallsten, b. 1957 in Stockholm


2011, PhD, Photographic composition; Notes on Traces. Photography. Evidence. Image. Doctoral studies in artistic research, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. 2005, MA, Visual arts education, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. 1995, BA, Photography College, University of Gothenburg.

Solo exhibitions, selected

2011, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Fall. 2006, Forum, Stockholm, La Photographie Naturelle. 2002, Stockholms Stadsmuseum, Crimescape. 2000, MIRA, Stockholm, Korseld. 1998, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Utspel. 1997, Den Andalusiska Hunden, Stockholm, Bon Courage.

Group exhibitions, selected

2012, Gävle Konstcentrum, Världar och verkligheter. 2008, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Moon and Half Dome. 2004, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Ny svensk fotografi. 2004, Forum för levande historia, Stockholm, Gränser. 2003, Nordens Hus, Reykjavik, Island. 2003, Kunstmissionen, Bergen, Norge. 2003, Slought, Philadelphia, USA, Cities without citizens. 2002, Bergen Kunsthall, Norge, Filter. 2001, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Repor på en slät yta. 2001, Vevringautstillinga, Norge. 1999, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Modern Times II. 1998, Stockholms tunnelbana, Under/Exposed. 1998, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, From the collection. 1998, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Stockholms dokumentärfestival.


Hasselblad Center, Göteborg. Gävle Konstcentrum. Stockholms läns landsting. Slought Networks, Philadelphia, USA.


2007–11, Torsten och Ragnar Söderbergs Stiftelser, PhD scholarship. 2003–04, Statens Bildkonstnärsfond, 2-year working grant. 2002, NIFCA, Bergen, Norge, residency. 2001, Nordisk kunstnarsenter, Dalsåsen, Norge, residency. 1999, Statens Bildkonstnärsfond, 1-year working grant. 1997, Stockholms läns landsting, cultural award.


2011-15 Senior lecturer, visual arts education, University of Gävle. 2007–11 Doctoral student, Department of Photography, University of Gothenburg. 1999–2007 Freelance photographer, artist, writer, teacher. 1978–99 Policeman, Stockholm.