I first picked up a camera in my late teens. Shot Tri-X and souped D76 in a closet kitchenette. Won a few photo competitions in Sweden’s largest evening paper. Studied civil engineering and supervised a civil works crew around Stockholm for five years before my curiosity of world events got the better of me. Left Swedish suburbia for Middle Eastern turmoil and a year of mine clearing in Southern Lebanon. Wearing the uniform of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNIFIL) I did two back too back tours (1988-89). Continued shooting, wanted to learn more and entered the photo journalism program at the prestigious International Center of Photography in New York City. Felt right at home as a “concerned photographer” (a phrase coined by ICP’s founder and Magnum photographer Cornel Capa) and was tutored by a.o Mary Ellen Mark, Christopher Morris, Jeff Jacobson, Gilles Peress to name a few.
After graduation I returned to the UN and was asked if I was interested in going to Iraq after the first Gulf War. The assignment lasted for five years and the images became part of the official record of the first successful weapons inspections under the UN flag. As the years passed I was given other tasks beyond photography and entered into management as a team leader. However I continued my personal project to document daily life in Baghdad during many outings in the city and around the country.
With a keen interest in disarmament I joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 1997 where I continued to lead many Inspections in China, Russia, USA, Albania, Libya etc. Whenever time and security situation allowed I continued to photograph daily life wherever I was during a dozen years.
In 2011 I returned to full time photography to live out my passion. Continued to work editorially and returned to Iraq and Kurdistan returning with images published in Dutch and Swedish media. Today I also apply my photo journalistic style to commercial assignments and in making short videos. I remain based in the City of Peace and Justice, The Hague, The Netherlands and accept assignments worldwide.
Since the autumn of 2014 I share "words & Visuals" at wonderingviking.com
Started to dibble with 360 degree photography in 2012 and as it is a growing field it desrves it's own website www.36noll.com