Photographer Mattias Fredriksson started out as a cleaner at Hotel Riksgränsen. Then he picked up a camera. Today he’s the most published skiing photographer in the world, still with a soft spot for the old mountain hotel in his heart.
I call Mattias Fredriksson on a Saturday. He’s out taking biking pictures with Janne Tjärnström, a Kiruna native. We agree that I’ll call Mattias the next day, so that’s what I do: “Hi Håkan, the weather is too good so I’m out snapping pictures today as well. And now Janne has got a flat tyre. Can you call me later?” So I call later, just before five: “Good you called. But we have to hurry. We’ve got guests coming in a bit and, well, I have to be there. And then we have to pack. I’m off around the world tomorrow, you know”.