The Vigeland Museum's photographic collection consists of 5052 glass plate negatives, in addition to a large number of historical photographs on paper. With few exceptions, all the photographs are from Gustav Vigeland’s time.
Glass plate negatives
Most of these photos are taken with Vigeland's own camera, either by Gustav Vigeland himself, or by Vigeland's lover and assistant through many years, Inga Syvertsen. Their aim was to document Vigeland's sculptures (photographed from the front, rear and from the sides), and his work. There are also interesting photographs of the construction work in the Vigeland Park and from Vigeland’s studios at Hammersborg and Frogner.
The Vigeland Museum's glass plate negatives were digitized in 2009. All plates were cleaned, photographed and placed in new envelopes in the National Library in Mo i Rana. The project was carried out with support from Stiftelsen UNI.
It is the museum's intention to make these photographs available on our website. Temporarily we present a small selection from the collection: