At the young age of Eighteen, he traveled on a scholarship from Borgarskolan to England. This adventure laid the foundation for his emphasis on photojournalism, protrait, and fashion photography.
Back in Sweden, Gullers began to work with a Dutch photographer known for his distinctive bright portrait of the high-key procedure. For three summers, he also worked as an air photographer for Aero Materiel AB, which was owned by the brothers Florman.
In 1948, he published "Sweden From The Air" which was a compilation of fifteen thousand images he shot while at Areo Materiel.
In 1938, Gullers started his own firm, Studio Gullers, in Stockholm. His wife Ingvor and the highly skilled copyists Magda Persson, joined him to form Studio Gullers.
Later, Studio Gullers, in addition to KW, represented many other photographers, such as his son Peter and Bjorn Enstrom who both worked there for twenty-five years. Stay Trenter, son of Stieg, and Tore Johnson were also represented.
K.W. and buddy, author Stieg Teiner, up to no good as usual!
On September 1, 1939 German troops invaded Poland and World War II had started. Gullers was called up to duty in 1940. While on active duty, he met Swedish author Stieg Trenter, and started working together. They were inseparable until then Trenter's death in 1967. Gullers became Trenter's model for the famous detective, Harry Friberg, in Stieg Trenters detective novels .
...images that would be used for propaganda purposes, and sent to the Swedish diplomatic missions worldwide.
K.W. photographs Gustav VI Adolf, 1942
In 1942, had his first exhibition, " A piece of Sweden", at Piccadilly Circus in London. The pictures were mainly from the Swedish propaganda, but also documented the government, royal families and the Swedish industry.
The years of 1938-46 were a prolific period for KW Gullers whose primary work involved working with a number of Swedish and foreign magazines. Unlike most photographers, he also wrote himself . This proved very helpful and unique in the world of photo journalism as he was to find out.
The Swedish Photographers Association
1953 Gullers became chairman of the Swedish Photographer's Association. Serving for four important years, KW was an enthusiastic chairman who, together with, among others, Kerstin Bernhard and Karl Sandels actively addressed standards for training and photographic fees which set in place a structure for the photographic industry as a whole. Gullers was also influential in creating the League 's international contacts during these years. Additionally, he was active member of the Nordic Federation photographers for fifteen years, as well as a founding member of Europhot (European Association for the Photographer Organization) .
In conjunction with the purchase of the collection, The Nordic Museum arranged a large exhibition called " KW Gullers - Picture Memories " at the museum. Shown were images from the 1940's and 50's with Sweden as the theme.
With the addition of the KW Gullers collection to the Nordic Museum's archives, it has solidified his status as a national reporter with the camera that doubled as a note book. His images are a photographer's vision of Sweden during the period ranging from 1938 til 1978.
Our favorite Images: