Does This Picture Really Exist?

A while ago my Swedish friend Olov H. suggested I should watch Jan Troell’s movie Everlasting Moments.

Maria Larsson played by Maria Heiskanen (Still picture from Everlasting Moments.)

It’s a beautiful movie about a Swedish housewive in the early twentieth century, who turns to photography to escape her poverty and her alcoholic and unfaithful husband.

Apparently, this film is based on a true story. If this is the case, I would like to know: are there any photos by Maria Larsson left? If so, where can we find them?

Using internet search engines does not help, in this case. Search terms you would normally use lead to the movie itself, or to articles about the movie. Or to the Swedish politician Maria Larsson.

More specifically, my question is: did the real Maria Larsson actually make that wake picture of a dead girl, with kids looking through the windows in the background?

Does this picture really exist? (Still from Everlasting Moments.)

Somehow I seem to remember to have seen a picture like that before. But I can’t remember when or where — if at all. Maybe it’s just my memory playing me a trick.

It is a tantalising question. Any tips about the life and work of a Maria Larsson, Swedish photographer, are very welcome!

UPDATE 16 April — Today I found this blog. It says:

“As it turns out, Maria Larsson wasn’t just a real person (the original Swedish title of the movie is Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick, or Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments), but she is a distant relative of Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, the director’s wife and also the third writer contributing to the story. This real-life connection and a look at her actual photographs is the focus of the featurette “The True Story of Maria Larsson” (9 minutes, 15 seconds) and for part of the documentary “Troell Behind the Camera” (28 mins.). The former is actually narrated by Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, who explains about the photos and shares some of the information behind them.”

4 thoughts on “Does This Picture Really Exist?

    1. Thank you for these links! Especially the YouTube film shows a lot of Maria Larsson photographs – however, the dead girl is not amongst them. Towards the end there seems to be a comment on this photo, but it’s in Swedish..

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