Welcome to Sweden and PictureBank, a gallery collection for Fine Art based solely on photographs taken with 24x36 film and processed into images for Fine Art Prints.


The collection of photographs are caught on Ilford or Kodak 24x36 colour and black & white silver oxide film and then scanned into a digital file.


Using analogue Nikon FA and FE2 with silver oxide films having 36 frames opportunities before running out requires thought through ideas on what to do with the photograph. Not having the chance to take a large number of shots on each motive and correct the pictures before going home gives the photography an edge.

I also love those moments to be surprised by some effects that show first when the film is processed.

It is a rewarding way of working with photography.

He was born 1959, late October.

Self-taught photographer and illustrator.

Later educated and trained at RMI Berghs School of Communications in Stockholm, Sweden, as art director/illustrator 1982-1984, and then continuing the work at some design- and advertising agencies as well as working some years in-house.

All the time the self-owned firm Stiernspetz Design has been the experimental house when working late hours outside the ordinary work. Stiernspetz Design and PictureBank is now the full-time work.


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After scanning the photographs up to 3000 percent at 300 dpi (provides a printed size up to 70x100 cm and more) each picture is retouched to get rid of dust and scratches that may have occurred.

Maybe some effects are added to boost the overall feeling - darkroom work, now done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop instead of in a dark room smelling of photo chemicals.


By performing retouch work on each photo, every single image is ready for the Fine Art printer.

As these photographs were caught on silver oxide film, a beautiful grainy atmosphere will appear in the prints as the grains become more substantial when the pictures are enlarged to the most prominent sizes.


The prints then are printed on age proof acid-free paper with acid-free age proof inks. If there is a demand, copies can be done on ordinary photo paper as well.


I hope you will enjoy my work.


Sincerely, Johan Stiernspetz,

photographer and graphic designer

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