Like several other Premium Rockshot photographers, Per Lindén found his calling almost by accident. When he did his military service in the air force in the early 1970s, he was supposed to be a tanker driver, but courtesy of a white lie he managed a move to the less strenuous photo section. He quickly realized that he really liked photography and eventually became the unit’s official photographer.|
In the autumn of 1974, Per was admitted to a photography school in Stockholm. During the training, he got the idea to cover a TV production behind the scenes, and someone at Swedish TV suggested that he should document the recording of a Roxy Music at a concert venue in central Stockholm. Per, who was interested in music in general and liked Roxy Music in particular, naturally accepted the offer. These became his first professional live concert photos.
After completing his education, Per Lindén worked as a photo assistant for a couple of Swedish photographers before he started training teachers in photography at the Stockholm Institute of Education. Parallel with all this, however, he was photographing artists who performed at a particular venue that doubled as a cinema and a concert venue: he got a foothold there thanks to a projectionist friend. Just because he enjoyed it so much, he also ended up photographing many other concerts in the Stockholm area.
With only a few exceptions, Per Lindén’s rock photographs were never published at the time, which makes them a unique treasure of previously unseen images in Premium Rockshot’s archives. Among the many prominent artists, you will find a selection of rock pioneers such as Jerry Lee Lewis, but also the greats of the 1970s, for example Randy Newman, The Boomtown Rats, Ian Dury, Steel Pulse, The Commodores, ABBA, Kate Bush, The Pretenders, Cheap Trick and Rod Stewart, one of Per’s own favourites.
In the late 1980s, Per Lindén moved to the island of Gotland where he worked as a sound engineer at Swedish Radio before he became involved in starting “Animation and Experimental Film”, the first computerized animation education programme in Sweden. In his spare time, he is a fanatical windsurfer.
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