Cletus Nelson Nwadike poses for a photograph in front of pictures that he's taken of people from the village where he comes from in Nigeria. In the 60s, soldiers burned the villagers' photographs, and he wants to build the photographic record up again. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / SR
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Cletus Nelson Nwadike poses for a photograph in front of pictures that he's taken of people from the village where he comes from in Nigeria. In the 60s, soldiers burned the villagers' photographs, and he wants to build the photographic record up again. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / SR
Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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Photographer Viktor Fremling stands in front of pictures he's taken of his friends during nights out on the town. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
Vanni Jung Ståhle. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / SR
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Vanni Jung Ståhle is the youngest photographer to have made it into the juried show at Fotografiska. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / SR

Photography "a way of knowing that you and I exist"

"We're just people wandering without history"
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How would you cope if someone gathered up all of your family's snapshots and set them on fire - out of hatred? That's one thing visitors may ponder at the center for contemporary photography in Stockholm right now, where a juried show aims to show Swedish photography at its best.

The competition to get selected as one of the exhibiting photographers was stiff. Only one out of every hundred photographers who applied got picked to get their work on Fotografiska's walls.

It's not obvious what all the photographers have in common, but jury member Dragana Vujanovic, Chief Curator of photography at the Hasselblad Foundation, says that what comes through is a desire to document stories about real people.

One of the photographers who is motivated by the desire to document is Cletus Nelson Nwadike, who's originally from Nigeria.

When Nwadike was a baby, soldiers waged war on his village and then they gathered up everybody's photographs and burned them.

Now, his black and white portraits of people from his village hang on the wall of Fotografiska. By taking these pictures, Nwadike wants to create a new photographic record that will survive long into the future.

The "höstsalongen", or fall salon, show is up at Fotografiska through November 22nd.

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