Over the last 90 years, Volvo Cars has used many known and unknown locations in Sweden for their photography. Often, these pictures were made close to the factory in Göteborg, but sometimes locations in other parts of Sweden like Västra Götaland, Skåne or Stockholm were selected.
When I started visiting Göteborg and Sweden from 2002, I began to recognize many places. Especially after I moved from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 2008, more and more places looked familiar. Inspired by the Volvo Factory Tour 2012, a factory tour to Volvo Cars organized by the Dutch Volvo Forum, where a ‘Volvo Photography Tour’ around Göteborg was planned, I started to investigate and document the locations I found and make some pages on my website with information on these places and the original photos from the Volvo Cars archives.
I have used photos from the online Volvo Archives, old and new Volvo brochures and some official Volvo magazines. Even other old historic photos from online historic archives and books were used. Today often automotive photographers publish their work also on their own website. These were sometimes also used, whenever possible with reference to the photographer. And with the increasing use of social media within Volvo Cars, new photo material from Facebook and Instagram are also used.
This has (so far) resulted in a long list of over 421 locations in Sweden and over 525 locations worldwide (as of July 2022). For every location, I have placed the Volvo photo above a photo of the location. Google Maps was used in most of the cases to identify the exact location. Sometimes other onlines sources where used to show the locations as it is today. For every locations I have given a little of descriptions of where it is and what is special about this place. Together with detailed maps and links if you want to know more.
Or click on this banner that you find on any page to return back to the overview page:
From early 2015, I managed to get a simple domain name for these pages: www.volvophotolocations.com. Remember this name and just type it in to visit these pages.
Since the beginning of 2016 we are also on Instagram. Follow me at www.instagram.com/volvophotolocations or @volvophotolocations for daily updates. On the 20th of october 2018, @volvophotolocations got the 10.000 follower! We passed through the 20k on the 3rd of December 2020! So glad that so many people from around the world enjoy the Volvo photo locations!
Did you know that most followers come from Sweden (11%), before USA (8%), Turkey (5%), India (5%) and Germany (4%). Göteborg is most popular city where my followers come from! Contact me if you would like to see more statistics!
Enjoy the pages and I love to get feedback!!
Read the full article in Swedish at www.klassiker.nu/reportage/deja-vu-lvo.
Read the full article in English at www.skandix.de/en/news/volvo-photo-locations/1933/ or German at www.skandix.de/de/aktuell/volvo-photo-locations/1933/.
In the 2019 edition of the Volvo Klassiker magazine, a 3 page article on Location Stockholm and interview with me was published!
In the 2017 summer edition of the Swedish Volvo Klassiker magazine, a short article mentioned my hobby project and website. :-)
Volvo Photo Location has been able to contribute to several books on Volvo Cars and their history.
This book is available in different versions in English and Dutch. Order here at www.volvodrivecollection.com.
Two years after I started with the Volvo Photo Locations website, the former director of the Volvo Museum, Claes Rydholm published a book named Göteborg under 90 år – sett genom Volvos kamera – (in English: Göteborg during 90 years – seen through Volvo camera -). A beautiful book with historic Volvo photo’s from the Volvo archives, made in the city of Göteborg. Together with the photo’s, Rydholm writes his personal memories about the places. Beautiful material and very interesting to read this. Only a pity that the book is only available in Swedish, but the photo material makes the book also interesting for international Volvo fans!
DISCLAIMER: This is a non-commercial fan page owned and managed by a Volvo fan and a private person without any commercial intentions or any relationship with Volvo Cars or any of its partners. Photography rights to the images of Volvo cars belong to Volvo Cars or their partners, photographers or agencies.
The latest international additions to the Volvo Photo Locations pages are listed here:
The latest Swedish additions are listed here:
NOTE: This is a non-commercial fanpage owned and managed by a Volvo fan and a private person without any commercial intentions or any relationship with Volvo Cars or any of its partners. Photography rights to the images of Volvo cars belong to Volvo Cars or their partners, photographers or agencies.