Kalle Gustafsson

I keep coming across really great photography and then totally forget to post about it, and here’s a good example of that. Kalle Gustafsson is a Swedish photographer who studied film in Australia, photography in Paris, and though he’s only in his mid-20’s he’s doing some really amazing work.

From what I can tell he uses a lot of photoshop, making his photos pretty otherworldly feeling. As a retoucher by trade, I personally HATE when people use the Shadow/Highlight filter in Photoshop. The S/H filter tries to balance lights and darks of a photo, making it look ‘hyper-real’, or whatever you want to call it. But Kalle’s use of it is done pretty well, I feel like he actually gets how to use the filter. He also does a great job with the colors of his photos, it’s the same sort of effect I try to get when I adjust photos.

He’s got 4 different sections on his site, fashion, beauty, editorial, and travel, all of full of beautiful images. The sad thing is that you have to view them one by one, which makes it a somewhat tedious task, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Found through virtualanthropology


5 Comments Kalle Gustafsson

  1. Jon April 24, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Probably my favorite photographer.

  2. samantha hahn April 27, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    I love how flat they become. Almost like a photo realistic painting rather than simply a photo. The filter you’re talking about really makes the image flatten in that all areas of it have equal importance. I love them. But I’m coming from an illustrative standpoint. I’m going to go check out more of his work.

  3. Kevin April 28, 2008 at 5:11 AM

    some of the photos (in the travel section) have a touch of Christopher Doyle’s mersmerising cinematography for Wong Kar Wai; not a bad person to be take inspiration . among the more interesting images i’ve seen lately.

  4. Kalle May 10, 2008 at 7:05 AM

    Thanks guys!

    Glad you like my work.

    All best,


  5. Cecy November 8, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    I love your work Kalle. I’m going to write about your photography, especially about your Horse Races photographs, for a Visual Communication paper. Thanks for the inspiration.

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