About the Estate and Archives
In 2020, the George Hoyningen-Huene Estate was acquired by Tommy and Åsa Rönngren, and as a result, it moved from Sarasota, Florida, to its new home in Stockholm, Sweden, where it is housed in a specially equipped facility that will allow the contents of the Estate and Archive to be catalogued and digitised, whilst being maintained in a safe and secure environment.
The new custodians of the Estate and Archive share a lifelong passion for photography, design and architecture. Tommy is one of the Partners of Fotografiska, the Museum of Photography.
In these troubled times, photography stands out as one of the most important and immediate ways of communication. The clarity of visual language creates a rich and diverse narrative, touching people of all ages and nationalities. It has immediacy of meaning and offers a way of building bridges rather than walls. That positive force is what we, as custodians, will contribute to the George Hoyningen-Huene Estate and Archive.
– Mission statement by Tommy and Åsa Rönngren
The Archive holds the world’s largest collection of George Hoyningen-Huene’s legacy. It houses numerous vintage prints dating back to the 1920’s, including images he produced over the subsequent forty years of his career, until his death in 1968. The Archive contains rare photographs, which were personally curated and annotated by the artist. These illustrate not only the broad range of subjects that he photographed, but also, what he considered were examples of his finest prints.
This unique collection includes a number of unsigned, unmounted photographs, that provide a fascinating glimpse into this artist’s life and his art, especially the painstaking length he went to, in order to achieve perfection in his work, as reflected in the remarkable quality and tonal ranges of the platinum palladium prints he produced. It is the Estate’s intention to honour his working processes, and create images using the same high standards that he set.
Although Hoyningen-Huene is recognised as one of the Masters of Photography of the twentieth century, what is generally known of his work represents only a small part of what is held within the Estate and Archive.
One of the primary goals of the Archive is to preserve and catalogue the collection in such a way as to offer access to Hoyningen-Huene’s life and work, not only to the familiar photographic images, as well as to the substantial volume of unknown and as yet, unpublished images by this renowned pioneer, whose life spanned close on seventy decades of the twentieth century.
It is intended that the contents of the Archive will be made available to private collectors, scholars, researchers, museum curators and publishers. In this way, the attention of the wider public can be drawn to the many sides of Huene’s work, whose creations have not only a timeless quality, but also a relevance to the present day.
The George Hoyningen-Huene Estate and Archive provides an exclusive entrée into this artists’ photographic experiences – from the world of Parisienne haute couture, his iconic photographs of Hollywood film stars, his involvement in the early development of colour movie technology, to the detailed photographic records he kept during his extensive travels in Greece, the Middle East, Mexico, and through the entire African continent.
The Archive will be curating a series of special exhibitions at major centres across the globe. These will include state of the art lectures, which will highlight the impact that Hoyningen-Huene’s work has had, and continues to have, upon the photographic oeuvre.
The Estate and Archive website will publish updated information regarding forthcoming exhibitions and will provide access to bibliographic reference material. The news page will provide up to date information on ongoing activities and new projects.
Works displayed in the Exhibition Gallery will be rotated regularly in order to offer the most comprehensive presentations of George Hoyningen-Huene’s life and extraordinary legacy.