about

Linda Maria Thompson (1978) is a Swedish-American photographer based in Ångermanland, northern Sweden. Her work explores questions surrounding transience and impermanence on both a personal and political scale. She was born in Sweden – raised in the United States and currently lives in Härnösand with her family. Linda channels her roles as both a native of -and immigrant to- Sweden in her approach and her projects reflect her interest in issues surrounding migration.

Linda has a background in photojournalism with a bachelor of arts in photojournalism from the University of Montana and a Master of Arts in photojournalism from Mid Sweden University. For 6 years she was a staff photographer at the Missoulian newspaper covering western Montana. She combines her love of photography with a passion to teach and is currently an instructor of photojournalism and photography at Mid Sweden University. Her photographs have been published and exhibited internationally. Her debut monograph “In Place of Memory” was published by Teg Publishing in 2016. (detailed cv below)

 


 

CV

Exhibitions

  • “In Place of Memory” Sune Jonsson Centre for Documentary Photography at Västerbottens museum 2016/2017
  • “In Place of Memory” Black Door Gallery, Örebro. 2016
  • “In Place of Memory” Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm. 2015
  • “Planket” Umeå. Outdoor group show in Umeå. 2015
  • “Vi och dom Andra /Us and Them” VODA (group). Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography, Umeå. 2014
  • “Planket” Stockholm. outdoor group show in Stockholm. 2014
  • “New Nordic Photography”, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden. 2014
  • “Masters Work: The First Dynasty”, Centrum för Fotografi. Stockholm, Sweden. 2014
  • “Neighbors/Vi och dom Andra /Us and Them” (VODA) at Riga Photo Month 2014. (group) 2014
  • “Masters Work: The Sweden Project”, Norrlandsdagarna. Umeå, Sweden. (group). 2014
  • “Masters Work: The Sweden Project”, (group) Fotomuseet Sundsvall, Sweden 2013
  • “Masters Work: A View of the North” (group) Fotomuseet, Sundsvall, Sweden       2013
  • “Icons of the West”, Dana Gallery, Missoula MT, (group) 2011
  • “No Place Like Home” exhibition at the Loft at Higgins Alley in Missoula, MT, 2009

Speaking/Instructing/Workshop engagements

  • Fotografiska, Stockholm. Artist talk during photography book fair 2016
  • Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography, Fotoseminarium: Människor och Miljö. 2016
  • The Gothenburg Book Fair (Bokmässan), several engagements. 2016
  • Fotobok GBG, A-Venue, Gothenburg. Release of In Place of Memory. 2016
  • Helsinki Photomedia 2016, “Materialities and the photographic moment”.   2016
  • Norrlandsdagarna, Skellefteå. Artist talk at the Swedish Photographers Association’s winter conference.   2016
  • Planket Umeå. Artist talk. 2015
  • Pecha-Kucha Night Sundsvall #18
  • Sune Jonsson Centre for Documentary Photography. “How is image-making influenced by the past.” w/ Karin Becker 2015
  • Helsinki Photomedia 2014, Aalto University. Helsinki, Finland.
  • Mid Sweden University. Sundsvall, Sweden. Sports photography & Visual Storytelling workshops. 2012 – 2014
  • Västerbottensmuseum. Umeå, Sweden. Sune Jonsson Centre for Documentary Photography. 2013
  • Umeå University, Umeå Sweden. “Photography and investigative journalism”.       2012
  • Renforskolan, Vindeln, Sweden. “Berättande bilder”, Skapande Skola.       2012
  • Folkuniversitetet, Umeå, Sweden. “Storytelling images” & “Photographing people”       2012
  • Västerbottens-Kuriren (newspaper). Umeå, Sweden.       “Photojournalism for reporters”   2012
  • The Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Missoula, MT USA. “Portfolio-in-progress” reviewer.   2008 – 2011

Awards/grants/distinctions

 

  • Sveriges Författarfond one year grant 2016
  • Successful Kickstarter campaign 2016
  • Längmanska Kulturfonden 2016
  • Sune Jonsson Stipendiat 2016
  • Årets Fotograf / Photographer of the Year 2016, www.alba.nu
  • Nominee 2015 TT:s Stora Fotopris. www.fotopriset.se 
  • Svenska Fotografers Förbunds travel and education grant 2015
  • Nominee, The 2014 Victor Fellowship in Photography – The Hasselblad Foundation
  • Umeå2014, (group) grant for Vi och dom andra/Us and Them (VODA)
  • Awardee, Ronald E. Millar Scholarship for excellence in journalism 1998 – University of Montana
  • Recognitions by the Inland Northwest Society of Professional Journalists, Montana Newspaper Association, and National Press Photographers Association.

Represented in Collections

  • Västernorrland Läns Landsting (County collection)
  • Örebro Läns Landsting (County collection)

Selected Press

Education

  • Master of Arts in photojournalism, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden , 2014
  • Hola Folkhögskola. Documentary certificate program. Prästmon, Sweden, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (emphasis photojournalism), The University of Montana. Missoula, Montana USA, 2000

Experience

  • Freelance Photographer, 5/2000 – present. Images appearing in Expressen, The Economist, The New York Times, USA Today, Marka magazine, Justitia magazine, Montana Outdoors, and worldwide via the Associated Press and Zuma Press.
  • Adjunct instructor in photojournalism, part-time, Mid Sweden University, 9/2014 – present  (Programme Coordinator of undergraduate studies as of 8/2015)
  • Staff Photographer. The Missoulian, Missoula, MT.., 4/2005 – 6/2011
  • Adjunct Instructor. Mid Sweden University. Sundsvall, Sweden, 1/2004 – 6/2004
  • Teachers Assistant. Mid Sweden University. Sundsvall, Sweden, 11/2002 – 12/2003
  • Festival Coordinator. Dokument03. Sundsvall, Sweden, 4/2003 – 9/2003
  • Office Assistant. The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM, 8/2001 – 1/2002
  • Photo Technician. The Missoulian, Missoula, MT, 8/2000 – 6/2001
  • Photography Intern. The Missoulian, Missoula, MT, 1/ 2000 – 5/2000
  • Staff Photographer. The Montana Kaimin. Missoula, Montana , 9/1998 – 12/1998

Memberships/affiliations

  • Svenska Fotografers Förbund (SFF) the Association of Swedish Professional Photographers, Centrum För Fotografi (CFF) The Centre for Photography, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Kollektiva Konstnärsverkstan Härnösand (KKVH), Art Photo Index (API), Vi och dom andra (VODA)