A Child is Born 1965

Paris Photo 2019, Stene Projects Gallery

Stene Projects Gallery, Stockholm

“Stene accepts that the images have divided opinion over the polemical question of when life begins, but says: “Everyone interprets images differently, depending on their social, cultural and religious background. In the digital era, I believe it is more important than ever to go back and take a look inside ourselves. What better way of doing that than with these photos?”

Foetus 18 weeks, 1965. 77x57 cm, platinum palladium print. Edition 25

Foetus 18 weeks, 1965. 77×57 cm, platinum palladium print. Edition 25


“Foetus 18 Weeks: the greatest photograph of the 20th century?”

Last year, Stene points out, the first ever photograph of a black hole was published. “For me,” he says, “looking at that picture and looking at one of the foetus photos are the same thing. After all, what do we really know about the origin of mankind and the universe?”’

(Charlotte Jensen, The Guardian, November 18 2019)

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