Vanity Fair's 'Visual Mastermind' Jonas Fredwall Karlsson Joins B&A
Jonas Fredwall Karlsson's contribution of imagery over the past decade and a half has earned him a spot in "100 Years of Vanity Fair," which celebrates the pub's centennial. "No other photographer has covered as much ground for Vanity Fair as Jonas Fredwall Karlsson, one of the magazine’s go-to visual masterminds," writes VF's Justin Bishop. "For the last 13 years, together with photography producer Ron Beinner, he has captured faces of tragedy and glory, misfortune and fame, from Timbuktu (literally) to Ground Zero – all in his signature style."
VanityFair.com currently features a gallery of Fredwall Karlsson's images. Among them: then-senator Barack Obama in his Capitol Hill office; Rev. Run and D.M.C. driving a 1967 Amphicar; Instagram founder Kevin Systrom; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Robert Redford on the terrace of his Sundance home; skateboarder Tony Hawk hanging out at the Encinitas YMCA in 2001; and Gabby Douglas following her wins at 2012 Summer Olympics.
A rolleiflex that belonged to Fredwall Karlsson's father sparked his interest in photography at age 8; he later studied the art at Sweden's University of Gothenburg and became the youngest-ever winner of the Swedish Press's Photographer of the Year award after his graduation. Fredwall Karlsson went on to work with Vogue, GQ, Apple, Rolex, and Lexus – and many others – but his most prolific relationship is with Vanity Fair.