The late German-Swedish photographer Johannes Jaeger helped to push international photography to new technical and artistic heights during the mid and late-1800s. Jaeger first tried out photography as a teen at the Berlin Academy of Arts, and would spend his summers travelling Europe to learn more about photography and take portraits of anyone who agreed to pay for it.
When he reached Sweden in 1858, he started his own photography studio ’Atelier Jaeger’ in Stockholm and ended up staying in the capital for 40 years. He quickly rose to fame within the social and economic elite as the go-to portrait photographer. As the word got around he eventually earned himself the title as the Swedish royal family’s official photographer.
Johannes Jaeger did however not only spend his time taking portraits. He was a curious soul, and always tried to keep up with the latest techniques and styles. He worked with stereoscope and topographical photography, but above all else, he was a pioneer in panoramic photography and is considered one of the style’s founding fathers. Until his death in 1908 Jaeger photographed groundbreaking architecture, landscape, and museums during his hectic career.