Richard Cahlén’s love for the camera was born when he was very young, so his career path was a natural choice. He bought his first real camera in the early 1970s, a time when his interest in photography overshadowed everything else. A passion for pop music since his teens led to plenty of concert pictures: Led Zeppelin, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After are just some examples. |
Richard was working at the photo department at the NK department store in Stockholm one day in May 1977 when none other than Marc Bolan stepped in to buy a Polaroid camera. The following day Bolan had a show in Stockholm and allowed Richard to take backstage pictures. He also managed to smuggle in his camera to the after-show party at a club. “When I started taking pictures of Marc surrounded by girls the guards told me that I had to stop, but I explained that I was there on the invitation of Marc, so then it was okay,” remembers Richard. When Marc Bolan died in a car accident a few months later, Richard Cahlén’s pictures from one of the glam-rock star’s final shows became highly sought-after.
That same year Richard started his own firm and began a five year period when pop and rock photography dominated. His main employer was the Vecko-Revyn weekly and Richard photographed most of the big artists who visited Sweden: Rod Stewart, Elton John and The Ramones, to name a few. However, at the start of the Eighties Richard Cahlén felt he had photographed enough concerts and moved on to working with a wide variety of clients, like taking pictures of celebrities for the popular weeklies.
After many decades in the service of the camera, Richard left us in 2012.