Fred Runeberg


Fred Runeberg

The photographer Fred Runeberg was among Finland’s first commercial photographers. Towards the end of the 1920s, Runeberg studied to become an engineer at the Technical Institute, but he quit his studies in 1929 in favour of working as a photographer instead.

Before opening his own studio in 1932, Runeberg worked for the film company Suomi-Filmi in their photo studio and also for the portrait photographer Ernst Ovesén. At the beginning of his career, Runeberg worked as a portrait photographer, but soon press and commercial photography became his main focus of interest.

Prior to the Paris International Exhibition in 1937, Runeberg shot the photographs that were to decorate the Finnish travel pavilion, which was awarded the gold medal.

Fred Runeberg also published books. One of these is Hem i Finland (Homes in Finland), which Runeberg worked on in collaboration with Ella Grönroos. It was published in 1949.


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