Torbjörn Calvero’s career as an artist photographer was founded when he was still quite young: the interest in photography started early, and at the youth centre where he grew up he could watch many acts performing. In the mid-1960s, while still in his teens, he started working at a photo lab where he often had dealings with press photographers. In 1966 he took the pictures that made him decide on a career path. “I photographed P. J. Proby and that was the first time I had a picture published. It whetted my appetite.” |
Calvero began hanging out with artists, who used his pictures for publicity purposes. He also began selling pictures to newspapers. After a period in Milan, Torbjörn Calvero took his first record sleeve photos in 1970. All of them were of acts on the renowned Swedish label Metronome: Cornelis Vreeswijk, Bernt Staf, Pugh Rogefeldt and Family Four. This turned out to be the start of a long and successful collaboration with the Swedish record labels: apart from Metronome, also Sonet, Polygram, EMI and others. Up until the mid-1980s Torbjörn took around 100 sleeve photos.
At the same time he was very active as a rock photographer in general – both Swedish artists and foreign stars such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones – and his pictures were published in the major youth-oriented magazines. During the second half of the 1970s he also used to travel to the American west coast and photograph the big acts there: The Eagles, Emmylou Harris, and many more. In the Premium Rockshot archives there are innumerable pictures of Swedish artists from more than three decades.
Calvero sadly left us in December 2016.