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Lars Tunbjörk - Landet Utom Sig: Bilder Fran Sverige, Journal, 1993, Stockholm

 

Hardcover, 81 color images, foreword by Thomas Tidholm, afterword by Göran Greider, edited by Gösta Flemming, design by Greger Ulf Nilson. First printing 1993 (2nd printing: 1994 - blue/green letters on cover, but there are copies with red/green as well). Text in English and Swedish. Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, 1993.

Title translates to "Country Beside Itself: Pictures From Sweden".

Lars Tunbjörk's comment on the decline of the Swedish welfare state, with focus on the leisure culture and the country's rapid commercialisation.

"In his books, Lars Tunbjörk reveals an environment of consumer comfort but spiritual emptiness, a bland urban wasteland where one shopping mall looks exactly like another, and where the trees that the developers didn't really want to plant haven't really bothered to grow. Tunbiörk's themes in Landet Utom Sig (Country Beside Itself), which makes it an exemplary New European photobook, are those of many Western European photographers - Martin Parr, Paul Graham, Nicolas Faure, Hans Aarsmann - consumerism, leisure, the post-industrial vacuity and the smoothing down of the bumps of history. It is not the whole picture, but it is a sizeable part of the tableau of contemporary European living." (The Photobook: A History Volume II)

Pages: 128
Place: Stockholm
Year: 1993
Publisher: Journal
Size: 29 x 28 cm (approx.)


Included in "The Photobook: A History Volume II" by Parr/Badger
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Hardcover, 81 color images, foreword by Thomas Tidholm, afterword by Göran Greider, edited by Gösta Flemming, design by Greger Ulf Nilson. First printing 1993 (2nd printing: 1994 - blue/green letters on cover, but there are copies with red/green as well). Text in English and Swedish. Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, 1993.

Title translates to "Country Beside Itself: Pictures From Sweden".

Lars Tunbjörk's comment on the decline of the Swedish welfare state, with focus on the leisure culture and the country's rapid commercialisation.

"In his books, Lars Tunbjörk reveals an environment of consumer comfort but spiritual emptiness, a bland urban wasteland where one shopping mall looks exactly like another, and where the trees that the developers didn't really want to plant haven't really bothered to grow. Tunbiörk's themes in Landet Utom Sig (Country Beside Itself), which makes it an exemplary New European photobook, are those of many Western European photographers - Martin Parr, Paul Graham, Nicolas Faure, Hans Aarsmann - consumerism, leisure, the post-industrial vacuity and the smoothing down of the bumps of history. It is not the whole picture, but it is a sizeable part of the tableau of contemporary European living." (The Photobook: A History Volume II)

Pages: 128
Place: Stockholm
Year: 1993
Publisher: Journal
Size: 29 x 28 cm (approx.)


Included in "The Photobook: A History Volume II" by Parr/Badger
>> see more Vol. II picks here