Belgian Congo

In 1948, Lennart Nilsson and the journalist Svante Löfgren were commissioned by the Black Star image bureau to travel to what was then known as Belgian Congo. Two months of work resulted in a dozen or so photo essays that were sold to several international illustrated magazines.

Svante Löfgren and Lennart Nilsson, 1948 ©Lennart Nilsson/TT Nyhetsbyrån

Svante Löfgren and Lennart Nilsson, 1948 ©Lennart Nilsson/TT Nyhetsbyrån

Lennart Nilsson and his colleague made their way around the country by plane, paddle steamer and train, and returned with pictures and stories that changed many people’s ideas about a continent that was unknown to them. Photos full of drama, laughter and affection.

Illustrated 11 September 1948

Illustrated 11 September 1948

Illustrated 1 January 1949

Illustrated 1 January 1949

Life Magazine 8 August 1949, pp 12-14