Fritz Victor Hasselblad - creator of the Hasselblad camera. 

Born in 1906, Göteborg, Sweden. At a young age he developed an interest in nature and especially birds. His family were importers of Eastman Kodak, so photography was always there. He was soon a very skilled bird photographer with contributions to several scientific magazines. He published the book Flyttfågelstråk (The Migratory Routes of Birds) in 1935 .

The same year he married Erna Nathorst, who would remain by his side for the rest of his life. In his twenties he worked all around the world at various photography companies, building a large network of contacts and collecting experiences. He also became fluent i several languages. 

During World War II he was ordered by the Swedish Air Force to develop an air reconnaissance camera, which he did successfully. The story goes that a German aircraft was shot down over Swedish territory, and a camera is found in it. The question goes to Hasselblad:

'Can you make a camera like this?'  asked the Air Force

'No, I can make a better one', was the answer.

The company Victor Hasseblad AB which still produced the cameras, was founded in 1941. After the war, he continued working on a camera, this time for civilian use

Finally in 1948 he presented in New York the camera that still bears his name. It was the world's first single lens reflex camera for medium format photography. The camera came with several interchangeable accessory lenses and viewfinders. The camera was regarded as a sensation

From 1962, Hasselblad cameras were used by NASA in their space programs and they were also the ones that took the pictures of Neil Armstrong and 'Buzz' Aldrin on the moon. One camera was lost in space during another exercise, and is now (supposedly) orbiting the Earth.

In 1978, Victor Hasselblad dies at the age of 72, and all his money goes to the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation which every year awards scientific photographers. His wife Erna dies in 1983.

Victor was a passionate photographer during his whole life, and the following true story says how he felt about the world famous camera he created:

One time when Victor Hasselblad were visiting the United States, one of the U.S. Immigration officials, himself an amateur photographer, recognized his name and asked politely:

"Hasselblad, that is just like the camera. Have you heard about the camera Hasselblad ? "

Upon this Victor Hasseblad replied

I am the camera.

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