Stay-at-home dads: although most modern men talk the talk, they hardly ever walk the walk – except in Sweden. Incentives are higher there than in most other places, with laws and bonus payments attracting young men to stay at home and take care of their kids. However, even in Sweden, only 14% of all couples evenly split the subsidized 480 days they are allowed to stay at home after the birth of a child.

Swedish photographer Johan Bävman accompanied those men who decided to stay at home from work for at least 6 months in order to, as Bävmann says, animate other dads to do the same and care for their babies. And as you can see – it works!

Curriculum Vitae: Johan Bävman (Freelance Photographer)

UNICEF Photo of the Year: Johan Bävman

2015 – ongoing
2007 – 2015 Moment Agency/INSTITUTE: 
Freelance photographer and member of Moment Agency. Since 2014 the INSTITUTE is representive Moment Agency world wide. Clients: International Herald Tribune, GEO, Aftonbladet, Sydsvenskan etc.
2008 – 2012 Sydsvenska Dagbladet:
Employed editorial press photographer for the daily newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet.

Photo Books
Swedish Dads, Self-Publishing 2015
Albino – In the shadow of the sun, Self-Publishing 2009

 USA, 2015
 First prize for the story Swedish Dads.
SONY Award,
Worldwide, 2015 Second prize for the Swedish Dads story.
UNICEF photo of the Year, 2009 First prize.
World Press Photo,
Worldwide, 2009 
Second prize Contemporary issue, Albinos in Tanzania.
POY, Pictures of the Year,
USA, 2009 Awards of exellence, Issue Reporting Picture Story
Årets bild/Pictures of the year, Sweden, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 2015 First prize
 in the category “Best portrait series”, 
2011 Second prize
 in the category “Best Swedish everyday life”,
 2010 Second prize 
in the category “Best Swedish reportage”,
 2009 First prize 
in the category “Best external reportage”
The FreeLens Award,
 Hannover/Germany 2008 and 2010 Exhibition under the ungoing photofestival in Hannover.
The Joop Swart Masterclass, 
Amsterdam 2008:
 1 of 100 photographers to be nominated to the World Press Photos ”The Joop Swart Masterclass.

Solo Exhibitions
Swedish Dads
Gallery Arbetet, Norrköping 2016
Swedish Dads
Malmö Museer, Malmö 2016
Albino – In the shadow of the sun
Landskrona Museum 2011
Albino – In the shadow of the sun
Gallery Kontrast, Stockholm 2009
Albino – In the shadow of the sun
Gallery Format, Malmö 2009
Albino – In the shadow of the sun
Gallery Arbetet, Norrköping 2010
Jag mötte dig
Gallery Östra Toarp, Skåne 2006

Group Exhibitions
Nordox Festival,
Beijing, China, 2011 
Photo/Film festival
 Sardinia, Italy, 2011 
Photo festival
Don’t tell it to anyone/Berätta inte för någon,
 Gallery Kontrast, Stockholm 2006 Gathering exhibitions by 20 photographers from Nordic School of Photography, Biskops-Arnö.
Örja 19,
 Landskrona museum, 2005 The exhibition consists of over sixty pictures and is a photo documentation of the residential area Örja 19 in the town of Landskrona. In cooperation with the photograher Henrik Rosenqvist.

2004 – 2007 Nordic School of Photography:
 Teachers, Anna Clarén and Mikkel Örstedholm.
Biskops-Arnö, Stockholm, Sweden.
2003 – 2004 Östra Grevie Folkhögskola:
 One-year photo education at the Östra Grevie Residential College for adult education. With teacher Günter Raül. Malmö, Sweden.
1998 – 2001 Sydskånska gymnasieförbundet:
 High school education with alignment in media, photo and video. Ystad, Sweden.


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