Starting tomorrow, 23'd of April, we welcome all visitors to our Fine Art Photography exhibition with 15 fantastic 'forgotten' photos of ABBA taken by the Swedish rock photographer Torbjörn Calvero!
The photos will also be available for purchase in our museum- and web-shop starting tomorrow. Each photo is printed in two sizes, each size in a limited and numbered edition of 35, signed by the photographer.
#Throwbackthursday! Photo number 4, from our ABBA By Calvero - Fine Art Exhibition.
"In Torbjörn Calvero´s photo studio there was a bench that Agnetha and Frida thought would be fun to use in a photo. As it was too small for the whole group to sit on, the idea was to have the girls pose somewhat lasciviously. It was more of a joke, and we just wanted to make a pastiche of cheeky pictures, no pin-ups,says Calvero. It would have been fun if Benny and Björn had ended up there, too."
The prices for these photos is quite outrageous really. Of course, if I was wealthy, I would happily pay for this one of Agnetha - love it ! Can't say I'd do so for any of the others though - not the best images in my opinion.
Calvero on this picture: "Another shot from the filming of ABBA videos in April 1979. "Does Your Mother Know" is the only single with Björn Ulvaeus on lead. In it, he reverses the older man/younger woman, with the protagonist questioning the girls night out on the town instead of just picking her up. That song drove me almost mad because they would play it over and over again when we were filming. Hearing it at least thirty times in a row can be tiresome, Calvero laughs.
..."Does Your Mother Know" is the only single with Björn Ulvaeus on lead. In it, he reverses the older man/younger woman, with the protagonist questioning the girls night out on the town instead of just picking her up...
Hmm, tbh he's giving the lyrics a few more marks for originality than they really merit. "Does Your Mother Know" is basically Gary Puckett's creepy "Young Girl" ('So hurry home to your mama/I’m sure she wonders where you are'). Except that in DYMK our protagonist is finding the temptation somewhat easier to resist, thank goodness.
Photographer Torbjörn Calvero about the wonderful triptyk of Frida dancing, from our ABBA By Calvero, Fine Art Collection.
"Frida was ABBA´s own Dancing Queen. While performing 'Gimme!Gimme!Gimme!' live during the 1979 tour she surprised the audience with her own choreographed dance moves. It´s a very nice series of Frida´s passion. She started with jazz dance at an early age. I like the photo in the middle very much as the position of her right arm almost takes on the same shape as the drum in the background"
"In April 1979, ABBA made two videos for the singles Voulez-Vous and Does Your Mother Know. Here, Agnetha Fältskog is captured on film while taking a break during the filming at Europa film studios outside Stockholm. She just sat down at Benny´s piano and relaxed for moment, Calvero remembers. I recall that working with ABBA was always very easygoing, without any big management team around to interfere."
Photographer Torbjörn Calvero about the stunning photo of Agnetha, from our ABBA By Calvero, Fine Art Collection.
"'The Way Old Friends Do' was a new song specially written for ABBA´s second world tour in 1979 with Benny playing his favourite instrument, the accordion. The group rehearsed in August that year and here, they appear somewhat spacey and completely enraptured, in a distanced, almost mystical musical universe. I used no flash in order to create an exciting light. With its darkness and shadows it actually resembles more of a Rolling Stones picture than ABBA." Calvero says.