Johan Bävman is a Swedish photographer. Trained at the Nordic School of Photography, in Stockholm, he has worked as a photojournalist, produced numerous solo and group exhibitions, and received several distinctions, including a World Press Photo award, the Sony Prize and UNICEF’s Photography Award.
Bävman’s series Swedish Dads was inspired by Sweden’s singular and effective parental leave system, which grants young parents a total of 480 days leave to look after their children, including a government allocation. However, only 40% of couples split these days off work equally.
Bävman captured the daily routine of those dads who chose to spend at least six months at home looking after their children. The artist tried to understand why they chose to put their careers on hold to dedicate themselves to their children’s education, and sought to capture the bond between them and their kids. The project aims to high-light how Swedish parents split their parental leave, but also to show other fathers the benefits of this particular system.