AUTHORS • ATHLETES • ARTISTS
What’s in a Name?
Andrews paints a portrait
of Sweden’s most
popular girls’ name
Last year Bermudian photographer Meredith Andrews set out to pho- tograph women across Sweden who
shared one thing in common: the name Anna
Andersson. As Sweden’s most popular name,
there are thousands of women who share it,
but what makes them different?
Andrews’s book, Who Is Anna Andersson?,
seeks to answer that question by featuring
stark and beautiful portraits of 50 different
Anna Anderssons, from a 99-year-old, to a
priest, to a tattoo artist. By focussing on their
superficial commonalities, Andrews highlights
the hidden and vast diversity of those who
share Sweden’s most popular name.
The long-time portrait photographer said
the project came about as a natural evolu-
tion of two interests. “It was something I had
brewing in my head for quite a while,” she
said. “I’ve always been interested in making
collections of portraits, and I liked this idea of
names, and getting past a name. I think there’s
something about names that everyone’s inher-
ently interested in, because we all have one and
they all mean something. So I had these two
interests, and then when I was pregnant with
my first child and thinking about names, the
whole idea kind of solidified.”
The book was launched in Sweden last
year, with a Bermuda book launch sched-
uled for March. Who Is Anna Andersson? is
available on the publisher’s website, TheNe-
wHeroesAndPioneers.com, and locally at
Urban Cottage on Front Street.
WRITTEN BY W.C. STEVENSON
Top, right: The cover of Meredith Andrew’s
new book. Right: A selection of the many
portaits of Anna Anderssons in Sweden.