The Hasselblad name is synonymous today with luxury and quality. When you shoot with one, it’s easy to see why. There isn’t a massive amount of information out there on the company’s founder, though. Born in 1906 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Victor ultimately ended up working in his father’s family store. After a familial dispute, he broke off from his father’s family store to open Victor Foto in 1937, specialising in photographic equipment and processing.
He founded Victor Hasselblad AB in 1941, to start producing cameras for the Swedish Air Force. It wasn’t until 1948 that the first civilian Hasselbad cameras arrived. In this video recently released by Hasseblad, we see an interview with the man himself, filmed by Swedish National Television in 1967. It was shot at his home in Råö on the Onsala Peninsula and offers a rare insight into the man and his life.