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Lennart Nilsson - Biography, Awards and honors, Works

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Photographer, born in Strängnäs, E Sweden. He worked as a freelance press photographer, and gained respect for several portraits such as Sweden in Profiles (1954), but went on to pioneer microfilm showing the anatomy of plants and animals. He is best known for his microbiological and medical photography, notably combining the techniques of endoscopy and photography to film inside the human body, which enabled him to produce pictures of the human fetus in the womb from conception to birth. His pictorial record Ett Barn Blir Till (1965, trans The Everyday Miracle: a Child is Born) won him the American National Press Association Picture of the Year Award.

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