Malmön, Sweden, 1954

SUMMER 1954 – The harbor of Bohus-Malmön in Sweden on a sunny day. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In 1954, my mother (then 12 years old) and my aunt (13) visited Sweden for a summer holiday. They stayed at “Guller’s Summer House” in Skalhamn near Lyse. Looking at the photos, it must have been a fantastic time with lots of bathing and swimming but also excursions in the area.

One day they visited the island of Malmön. This photo shows the harbor of the island. Looking at recent satellite images, it has not fundamentally changed over the past almost 70 years. I think this is great because even 10 years can make a big difference today. Not so on the remote islands of Sweden!

Above is a contemporary cropping of the image using a 3:2 aspect ratio. The original print, however, shows much more sky. Apparently my mother was really impressed by it, but on the black and white print this does not really come across, so I cropped away the upper part of the image to put the focus on the huts in the harbor. Anyway, here’s a small version of the original print:

The original 1954 print of Bohus-Malmön in Sweden shows a lot of sky. © Mark Zanzig/

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1954
LocationBohus-Malmön, Sweden
Image Source5.5 x 5.5 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2491 x 1661 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/

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