Photographer's Note

This is a glimpse of the eastern end of one of the many picturesque streets on Södermalm island in Stockholm. I liked the light on the old buildings and the view towards the trees, so I hurried to take a photo when I saw the woman pushing a pram approaching me.

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But why do I call the photo 'The Hangman's Street'?

This is Mäster Mikaels gata (Master Mikael's Street), named after Mikael Reissuer, who was named Stockholm's official executioner in 1635 and who lived here. It was common in those days to refer to the hangman as the 'master'.

Mäster Mikael's professional career lasted until 1650, when he was convicted of murder and himself executed. This street was given its present name in 1939.

This photo was taken in mid-March when winter hadn't yet loosened its grip on the city. You can see several icy patches on the ground.

The green building is from the 1720's, its yellow neighbour was built in the early 19th century after an older wooden house had been destroyed by fire.

A view in the opposite direction, taken one month later, is in the WS. If you want to know what the persons in the background probably came to see, there is a view in the other WS.

The Map: view will show you this place.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12711 W: 572 N: 24331] (103628)
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