The late Kjell Sandved, born in Norway in 1922, was a noted nature photographer who took pictures of various insects, including moths, from all over the world. Sandved is best known for finding and photographing various shapes and patterns on butterflies and moths, including every letter of the English alphabet, smiling faces, red hearts, and animal shapes. A member of the staff of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History, Sandved published two encyclopedias: The World of Music and The World of Art, and co-authored nine other works, including: Butterfly Magic, Insect Magic, and Spiders in the Smithsonian. Hepassed awayon December 20, 2015.
To celebrateNational Moth Week(July 23, 2016 – July 31, 2016), we are featuring some photographs that were donated to Special Collections Research Center by Kjell Sandved.
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Thefinding aidfor Kjell Sandved includes biographical information and a content list for the materials we hold. Additionally it can be found by going tosca.gmu.eduand searching for Kjell Sandved. Anyone can make an appointment to look through the collection by firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kjell Sandved estate retains copyright for these photographs.