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I was born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1972. After graduating from Värnhemsskolan with a degree in photography, I packed my bags and moved to New York. From 1994 until 1998, I assisted one of the great fashion photographers of our time, Arthur Elgort. In 1999 I went on my own as a photographer, and worked regularly for clients such as Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, Self Magazine and Spa Magazine among many, many others. In 2005, as I was beginning to get a sense that fashion photography wasn't really my thing, I took a course in documentary filmmaking at The New School University. A year later it resulted in the completion of my first film – Waiting for the L. In 2007 I was admitted to the documentary filmmaking program at Biskops Arnö in Sweden. At that time I moved to Stockholm, after 13 years in New York. I have produced and directed a number of documentaries since, including Randy evaluates Sweden, Not a Svensson anymore, Birdhouse man and, most recently, Sheriffen i Övergran. In 2013 I took the course Process Interviewing Technique at the Academy of the Dramatic Arts in Stockholm. In addition to producing and directing documentaries, I also work as a teacher at the Documentary Program at Biskops Arnö.

In the last couple of years I've been trying to figure out how to put my storytelling to better use, and I've launched a platform for short films with the intention of making a positive impact in the world. The project is called Campfire Stories, and the films' mission is to explore new ideas for a sustainable world. On a slightly more personal note, I'm an enthusiastic gardener and I love to read. My favorite author, a big inspiration for me, is Charles Eisenstein. If you've read this far, go ahead and click that last link. If you, like me, have a nagging feeling that something is slightly off with the way we live, but can't quite put your finger on it – Charles' texts might be as enlightening to you as they have been to me.