Green house (former Degerman merchant house with courtyard) Storgatan 67, Haparanda. Bror Ulrik Green 1869-1949 with a reindeer and the dog. Notice the tower of the main house wich in Swedish and Finnish Lapland was in fashion at the time. The architecture of Haparanda and Torneå had at the time general references to Saint Petersburg.
”Mia” Maria Amalia Green (née Lundmark) 1870-1949 was a photographer and she opened her first photo studio 1895 as Mia Lundmark fotoateljé a few blocks away from the Green house in the photo.
When Mia and Bror married 1898 she moved her photo studio to Sundellsgatan/Stationsgatan and changed the name to Mia Green fotoateljé.
In 1903 when the Green family bought the Degerman merchant house with courtyard at Storgatan/Sundellsgatan she opened her photo studio in one of the buildings by the courtyard but with official entrance from Sundellsgatan.
At the largest her company had several branches of photo studios in Lapland, e.g. Kemi, Seskarö.
At the end of 1944 she closed the photo studio at Sundellsgatan and finished all her business 1945.
Mia Green documented daily life in Lapland 1895-1945. She also documented the events in Lapland of the Russian revolution, the Finnish civil war, the world war I with the Red cross organized exchange of prisoners of war and world war II and the scorched earth in Lapland by the Nazis when they were forced to leave Lapland.
She has never fully been recognized as a photographer.
Today the Green house dosen’t exist and almost nothing else from the time except some photographs by Mia Green wich after her death has been handled badly.
Could this be because she was a woman and she worked and lived in an area of many national minoriteis (Council of Europe Framework convention for the protection of national minorities).
The Green house, Storgatan 67, Haparanda. Photo most likely Mia Green early 1900. Mia Green-samlingen (Mia Green collection).
Mia Green in her wedding dress 1898. Photo from Mia Green fotoateljé Haparanda (1898-1899).
Green – photographic sights, images 1894-2010/Regards photographiques, images 1894–2010. (2010)