United Stockholms of America: The Swedes who stayed

Charlie Bennet, United Stockholms of America

In his work with the photo project “United Stockholms of America” New York based Swedish photographer Charlie Bennet travelled among the communities in the U.S. that carry the Swedish capital’s name, documenting wildly varying degrees of Swedishness. 

Most of these towns are now sparsely populated, desolate yet beautiful places that have little in common with Stockholm in Sweden. In the south of Texas only a sandy graveyard remains, while Stockholm, Minnesota is a shadow of it’s former self. But in Anderson’s Store in Maine, however, one can meet gentlemen with Swedish sounding names like Lundqvist, Anderson and Bondeson. One of them even speaks Swedish. Another Stockholm, in Wisconsin, is now a beautiful tourist destination that attracts visitors in droves.

The photography is accompanied by accounts from writers Gabriel Mellqvist and Anna Maria Bernitz. The book ‘United Stockholms of America’ (Votum) is available online in English at Amazon.comor in Swedish at Adlibris.comor any Swedish book store.

The exhibit is currently running at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis until February, after that it will be shipped to NYC to open in March and in September in Philadelphia.

Visit www.unitedstockholmsofamerica.com for more information.

Photos © Charlie Bennet