Peder Edvinsson & Bobo Olsson
Picture editor and designer of Peder Edvinsson & Bobo Olsson’s non-fiction book Fjärilsmannen1 (English translation: The Mothman) with accompanying poster.
Photographer Bobo Olsson and writer Peder Edvinsson spent a year following ”the Swedish Mothman” Clas Källander. Clas is a medical virologist who has been granted over hundreds of patents for his research on HIV-monitoring. However, his primary passion has always been moths - Clas’ fascination began from the moment he caught his first butterfly in 1955, when he was only 7 years old. Recognition for his work and findings in the field can be found in this illustrated nonfictional book.
In this book we follow a man with a never-ending hunger for exploring new butterfly species in Sweden and with whom we eagerly map out Swedens butterfly fauna. Every year he organizes collecting expeditions to the most remote parts of the Swedish Alps, as far away as the northwest border of Norway, where no other collector has explored until Clas. His expansive collection of data from these locations spans over 30 years and it conclusively shows how climate change has made once common species in old growth forests and fields a rare treat for the eye.
Over many years as a collector, Clas has noticed that common knowledge and interest of nature has degraded among the Swedish people. In an age when more and more people move to urban areas, they have become detached from nature, treating it as scenery which results in lack of understanding of its ecology. However, Clas believes that an easy trick to engage people again is to have them explore their backyard through new eyes: “The more species you know, the higher the resolution will be when you view the world”.
18 cm x 23 cm (7” x 9”). 176 pages. 60 color plates and 36 black/white plates. Offset printed. Dust jacket with positive blind embossed logotype in black foil, with folded flaps. Hardcover with blind embossed typography on front cover and spine. Linen thread bound. Brown headband. 64-paged chapter on coated paper with spot varnish. Poster 50 cm x 70 cm (19.7” x 27.5”).
1 Shortlisted for the Swedish Publishing Award, 2016.
Published by Natur & Kultur, 2015.