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Stockholm - Photographers Respond To Trump's Comments On Sweden

Published on: September 12, 2017 03:00 PM
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In this May 31, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, a young boy reads from the hundreds of notes posted on the spot where a terrorist's hijacked truck crashed into the side of a department store in Stockholm, Sweden. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Erik G. Svensson/Max Strom via AP)In this May 31, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, a young boy reads from the hundreds of notes posted on the spot where a terrorist's hijacked truck crashed into the side of a department store in Stockholm, Sweden. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Erik G. Svensson/Max Strom via AP)

Stockholm - Sweden’s leading photographers are launching a new exhibit and publishing a book in response to President Donald Trump’s criticism of the country’s immigration policies.

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During a rally in Florida in February, Trump said that terrorism was growing in Europe, and “look what’s happening last night in Sweden.” But the comment baffled many Swedes because there had been no extraordinary trouble that night in Sweden, a country welcoming to immigrants. Trump later tweeted more comments attacking Sweden’s immigration protocols.

Publisher Max Strom commissioned “Last night in Sweden” in an effort to present a more diverse and multi-faceted portrait of the country.

“We felt we had to react because we didn’t recognize Sweden at all in his words,” photographer and publisher Jeppe Wikstrom told The Associated Press before the opening of the exhibition.

The photos, all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring, present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of scouts from Syria practicing music.

The crowdfunded book hits the shelves on Tuesday, with the first copy sent to the White House and the next ones to all members of U.S. Congress.

“Last night in Sweden” doesn’t shy away from complicated truths, and the book’s foreword acknowledges that following an extremist attack in Stockholm in April, it’s “hard to claim that ‘nothing happened last night in Sweden.’”

But those involved in the project hope to present a nuanced portrait of the country that transcends social statuses as well as political, social and cultural divides.

“When I see this exhibition and this book, I feel very proud of being Swedish,” said Anna Claren, the head of the Nordic School of Photography, who worked on selecting the photos for the book. “There are a lot of different people of course, but there is so much warmth around and among people.”

In this May 12, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, part of a group of some 40 women, most of them immigrants, volunteering as "Night Walkers" on Fridays and Saturdays to keep an eye on the neighbourhood's youth and help de-escalate conflicts in the Stockholm suburbs of Fittja and Rinkeby in Sweden. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Anette Nantell/Max Strom via AP)In this May 12, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, part of a group of some 40 women, most of them immigrants, volunteering as "Night Walkers" on Fridays and Saturdays to keep an eye on the neighbourhood's youth and help de-escalate conflicts in the Stockholm suburbs of Fittja and Rinkeby in Sweden. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Anette Nantell/Max Strom via AP)
In this April 27, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, former Algerian soldier, Antoni Khadraoui works out in his own gym. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Jonas Lindkvist/Max Strom via AP)In this April 27, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, former Algerian soldier, Antoni Khadraoui works out in his own gym. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Jonas Lindkvist/Max Strom via AP)
In this May 10, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, Simon Siikavuopio rests on his snowmobile that he has driven out onto the Koakama river in Naimakka, Sweden, where the early-May ice is still a half a metre thick. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Magnus Sundberg/Max Strom via AP)In this May 10, 2017 photo issued by publishing house Max Strom, Simon Siikavuopio rests on his snowmobile that he has driven out onto the Koakama river in Naimakka, Sweden, where the early-May ice is still a half a metre thick. This image is part of a new exhibit and a book by Sweden's leading photographers, entitled "Last night in Sweden" and launched in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the country's immigration policy. The photos _ all taken after 6 p.m. in the spring _ present a diverse portrait of Sweden, from an elderly couple in their sauna to a group of Scouts from Syria practicing music. (Magnus Sundberg/Max Strom via AP)


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 Sep 12, 2017 at 03:47 PM Cancer & ALS Upon Muslims Says:

Beautiful to those Muslim beasts blow you up . Of course a diverse crowd is beautiful . We are accepting of all ethnic groups whether black Latino Asian or LGBT . But we don't want people whom are part of a religion of hate . We don't want people whose religon has a few hundred million people that support terror . Yes there maybe some peaceful ones among you . But when those who support violence are in the millions maybe even hundreds of millions it's no longer just a few radical extremists. Millions of people are a lot. Who says it's so many ? Well we know Iran , pakastain , Iraq , Afghanistan Syria etc openly hate us . Peaceful countries like Jordan and turkey commend attacks against Jews . Oh but it's only politics and does not represent the citizens of those countries? Well there has to be a significant amount who support those policies even if not all . Or else those pro violent pro terror regimes would not survive . It's pretty clear that millions of not hundreds of millions support terror . Thats too many to claim it's a few radicals . With that size and amount of haters you are not welcome among us .

Blacks Latinos Asians you are all welcome . Muslims please stay away

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 Sep 12, 2017 at 04:07 PM yonasonw Says:

Alas...if only more Americans would react this way to Trump's BS.

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 Sep 12, 2017 at 06:28 PM Cancer & ALS Upon Muslims/ Archy Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Alas...if only more Americans would react this way to Trump's BS.

You mean its BS to hate muslims who want us dead?

I think these pics and exhibits are alot of BS.

Archy

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 Sep 12, 2017 at 08:56 PM yamsar Says:

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Cancer & ALS Upon Muslims/ Archy Says:

You mean its BS to hate muslims who want us dead?

I think these pics and exhibits are alot of BS.

Archy

Rodef. Yemach shmoch vzichroch

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 Sep 12, 2017 at 11:07 PM Cancer &ALS; Upon Muslims Says:

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yamsar Says:

Rodef. Yemach shmoch vzichroch

Yes yimach shimo on muslims. I agree

So sad that the truth hurts you so you use the rodef card.

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I stand with Pamela Geller

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 Sep 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM Anonymous Says:

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Cancer &ALS; Upon Muslims Says:

Yes yimach shimo on muslims. I agree

So sad that the truth hurts you so you use the rodef card.

Archy

I stand with Pamela Geller

I will reiterate myself till im blue in the face. You r causing a tremend chilul H by titling ur name in sucha cursed way besides if ur mentally disturbed. But VIN shld censor this. If a muslim or Neo Nazi wld attempt to write it upon any Jew u would b disgusted. I know were not terorists and many of them are, but a yid shld not post such inflamatory words as it bears no fruit other than satisfying ur idiotic cravings of cursing.

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 Sep 13, 2017 at 04:43 PM Cancer &ALS; Upon Muslims Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I will reiterate myself till im blue in the face. You r causing a tremend chilul H by titling ur name in sucha cursed way besides if ur mentally disturbed. But VIN shld censor this. If a muslim or Neo Nazi wld attempt to write it upon any Jew u would b disgusted. I know were not terorists and many of them are, but a yid shld not post such inflamatory words as it bears no fruit other than satisfying ur idiotic cravings of cursing.

"If a muslim or Neo Nazi wld attempt to write it upon any Jew u would b disgusted"

Yeah but thats because jews never killed nzais or muslims on a wide scale.
I am sure they do write such stuff.

I know were not terrorists
I clealry do not support any violence against any human or pigs for that matter. But for g-ds wrath to cause natrual diseases upon people I do pray for . And so do you.

I suggest you censor the siddur and tehlim whcih is full of these references.
Sorry its no chillul hashem.
Shfoch chamasacha al hagoyim!

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