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Wildlife photography gallery by Magnus Carlsson 1982–2012
About the photographer
Magnus Carlsson 1982–2012
Magnus was a real wildlife photographer who worked to find his own subjects on his local patch in northern Sweden.
There, he captured some great images of black grouse and capercaillie, after spending months searching for lekking sites, followed by weeks in a hide to get the shots.
We spent time together in Norway photographing the northern lights and wildlife, and in thick snow he was hard to keep up with. He always pushed himself to try something new – floating hides, snowmobiles and most recently floatplanes.
We had not been in touch for a few months when I saw his image in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio included with the November issue of BBC Wildlife. I got in touch straightaway but heard nothing back.
Later Linda, his wife, emailed to tell me that, on 22 September, he died when their floatplane crashed while landing on a lake. Linda escaped but Magnus was trapped.
I will miss his crazy ideas, which included hiring a helicopter to get us deep into north-east Russia.
Above all, Magnus was a great photographer, wilderness man and friend – he was also one of the few people I know who look good in yellow trousers! He will be greatly missed.
Brian Matthews Photographer