Photographer Rikard Laving
Photographer Rikard Laving


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Rikard Laving born in 1978, is a self-taught photographer that lives in Nyköping. In 2002 Rikard started working on his first large scale project, documenting the all year camping called Flatenbadet outside Stockholm. After two years at the camping he got in touch with the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen who became his mentor until the project was finished. The photos were published by Journal as the book CARAVAN in the autumn of 2007.

In 2008 he started working on documenting the steel producing city of Oxelösund and in the spring 2012 the project was published as the book STEEL/WORK/CITY by Journal. The text in the book is written by Swedish poet and artist Mattias Alkberg.

In 2015 Svenska Fotoantikvariatet released his third book PERMANENT VACATION and 
in 2018 ABSTRACT DIALOGUE was publiched by Blackbook Publication. 

Rikard is represented by gallery VÚ and currently working on finishing the series MENTAL and numerous other projects and collaborations.


Solo exhibitions
2007 Gallery Jonas Kleerup (Stockholm) "C A R A V A N"
2008 Gallery Formverk (Nyköping) "C A R A V A N"
2008 Gallery O (Oxelösund) "S T E E L / W O R K / C I T Y”
2012 Thirdfloorgallery (Cardiff, Wales) "C A R A V A N"
2012 Koordinaten (Oxelösund) "S T E E L / W O R K / C I T Y”
2013 Stockholms Fotoantikvariat “S T E E L / W O R K / C I T Y”
2014 Landskrona Fotofestival “S T E E L / W O R K / C I T Y“
2015 Stockholms Fotoantikvariat “P E R M A N E N T   V A C A T I O N”
2016 Breadfield (Malmö) “P E R M A N E N T   V A C A T I O N” (WINDOW PROJECT)
2018 Gallery O (Oxelösund) "A B S T R A C T   D I A L O G U E”
2018 Zigutamve Photography (Vienna) "A B S T R A C T   D I A L O G U E”
2019 Galleri Fiskhuset (Nyköping) “R E T R O S P E C T I V E”
2021 Stockholms Fotoantikvariat “THE BROKEN LENS”

Selected Group exhibitions
2007 The Museum of Work (Swe: Arbetets museum) in Norrköping. 
2007 Sundsvall Photo museum 
2008 Gallery Rififi (Växjö) 
2009 Galleri Kontrast (Stockholm)
2009 The Museum of art (Västerås)
2009 Abecita Corsettfabrik Konstmuseum 
2010 Enskilda galleriet (Stockholm)
2010 Kulturcentrum Ronneby
2010 Kulturen i Lund 
2011 Gallery Holdupphoto (Paris)
2011 Eskilstuna Stadsmuseum 
2012 Kristinehamn Konstmuseum
2012 Planket (Stockholm)
2013 Virserums Konsthall
2016 Galerie VÚ (Paris)
2017 Centrum För Fotografi CFF (Stockholm)
2017 Katrineholms konsthall
2018 Copenhagen Photo Festival
2019 Alingsås Konsthall
2021 Liljevalchs vårsalong

2007 Good Swedish Book art for the Da capo-book
2008 One-year-work-scholarship from Swedish Author's Foundation
2013 One-year-work-scholarship with higher amount from Swedish Authorīs Foundation
2018 Three-year-work-scholarship from Swedish Author's Foundation