Johan Bävman documents fathers on paternity leave in Sweden.
Compared to other countries, Sweden has a generous paternity leave legislation. In a bid to improve gender equality, they offer 16 months of paid leave that can be taken by either parents. Of these 16 months, two months are mandatory for fathers.
In this series, Johan Bävman documents dads who use this time well to be with their children. “I started this project when I was home with my own son,” said Bävman in an article on Buzzfeed.com “I had a hard time finding anything that was written for me as a father. So I got the idea that I wanted to document fathers during their [parental] leave, to hear why they wanted to be home with their children and what they hoped to learn from it.”
Johan Bävman is a photographer based in Malmö, a town in the south of Sweden, close to Copenhagen, Denmark. Between the years 2008-2011 he was employed as a staff photographer at Sydsvenskan, one of the largest newspapers in Sweden. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Geo Magazine and International Herald Tribune.
Swedish Dads are part of the exhibition line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.