Nilsson is the world s leading scientific photographer. His background was that of a photojournalist. His great emphasis is on the sense of a story. His work is also that of an artist, which makes him unique. This story, illustrated in Life, is the ultimate story a visual account of human development, from DNA to stem cells. The photographs are reproduced at the highest quality as a single epic sequence. After the first publication of Lennart Nilsson s photographs of human embryos in 1965 he published the essential book for the general reader on human birth, A Child is Born. This is probably the most successful illustrated book in history and as many as 50 million copies have been sold worldwide. Birth is not the conclusion of the book, but the centre of it. The first part will include studies of hormones, conception and embryonic development. The second part of the book will include the growth of body organs and tissues, viruses, cancer and studies of atmospheric particles. Perhaps no studies of human development have been as important since those of Leonardo da Vinci at the end of the fifteenth century. The afterword will be written by Hans Wigzell, Head of the Karolinska
Lennart Nilsson was born in 1922 near Stockholm. He embarked on his career in the mid-1940s, when modern photojournalism was beginning to expand in Sweden. His breakthrough photo-essays were published both in Sweden and abroad, for magazines such as Life, Picture Post and Illustrated. In the mid-1950s Nilsson started experimenting with new photographic techniques, using microscopes to 'get closer'. His revealing macro studies of the human body's inner mysteries were a big sensation and were published in magazines and books worldwide. In 1965 his groundbreaking images illustrating the beginning of life, from conception to birth, were published in the book, A Child is Born, which has since been translated into twenty languages. He has also made several award-winning films. Lennart Nilsson was designated an Honorary Doctor of Medicine by the Karolinska Institute in 1976 and he is Honorary Doctor of Philosophy of the Technische Unversit t Braunschweig in Germany (2002) as well as of Link ping University in Sweden (2003).