Photo by Adina Fohlin

Adina Fohlin is a Swedish model and photographer. She was discovered while walking down the street in Stockholm. She appeared on the cover of Japanese and Italian Vogue, Flair, French Revue de Modes, Swedish ELLE and The Face magazine. First surfacing on international catwalks during the spring 2001 prêt-à-porter season, Fohlin has proved a prolific runway model, appearing in numerous shows for fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Prada among others. In addition to her editorial and runway career, Fohlin has appeared in advertisements for David Yurman, YSL Rive Gauche, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, EXTÈ, Rocco Barocco, and Tommy Hilfiger. Adina has also been muse for Tom Ford as well as for musicians like Robyn and Kleerup who wrote “With Every Heartbeat” referring to Adina and her relationship with the swedish producer. Also, the song “There Is A Spring” appearing on Andrew Wyatt’s latest album “Descender” is written for her. Hit Read More and start reading about Adina and her intriguing life!

Could you tell us something about your background and career?
My dad is an actor so I spent a lot of my time at the theater when I was a kid. I’m educated at the Royal Swedish ballet school in Stockholm. When I was 18 I moved to New York to work as a model full time.

Photo by Adina Fohlin

What subjects were you first drawn to?
A friend of mine gave me a disposable camera and a set of lingerie. I could do whatever I wanted and she was gonna use them as advertising for her designer fashion label– Araks. I dressed my friend in it and shot her in her own home. The photographs got a lot of positive response, I really liked doing it and realized that all my experience in front of the camera was to my benefit. What subjects was I drawn to? I guess the person, a moment, a feeling.

Is there another medium you’d like to experiment with besides photography?
Yes, absolutely. I still love dancing, music and acting is something I always did. I’m interested in any medium really. Anything I can use to move people and connect, in any way.

On the topic of gear: do you think it matters when trying to make that great picture?
It depends on what you want to do. Of course gear and technical skills are valuable. To me photography is like painting with light and I think most importantly is having an eye for it. As I mentioned earlier my first assignment as a photographer I used a disposable camera.

Photo by Adina Fohlin

Photo by Adina Fohlin

How do you keep your creativity flowing? Are there any particular places you go or things you do to get ideas and seek inspiration?
My friends are my inspiration and I regularly go and see art. I’ll go see plays, movies, dance, art shows, music as much as I can. Anything that makes me cry, laugh or feel something. And I love flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores so I go as often as I can. I also like to travel for inspiration. I’m currently on a little US tour.

What’s the latest project you have been working on?
I did a video installation collaboration with Josh Bonnetta that we shot at Ingmar Bergman’s house. It was a very special place to shoot at and I had crazy Bergmanesque dreams at night. I think we captured something really magical and captivating thanks to the incredible landscape at Fårö. There’s one scene where the full moon lights up my face as the fog is traveling from Ingmar Bergman’s house passing over the beach where Persona was filmed and eventually over my face. It wasn’t in the script originally but it was really powerful and truly art by accident or whatever you wanna call it.  I’m working on a collaboration with Andreas Bagge who is an amazing Swedish painter. I take photographs and he paints on them. I have a series of photographs in progress I’m planning to exhibit this summer. Some fun editorials..Oh, and a music collaboration with Victoria Bergsman, Taken by trees. The list can go on and I mean, with work in progress it often feels too early to discuss publicly. Anyways, in between I’m doing commercial work. I recently did a shoot for Club Monaco.

Who is the woman you’d like to see featured/interviewed here?
Fanny Gentle.

Photo by Adina Fohlin

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