Lars Tunbjörk: Office / Kontor

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The office is one of our most common workplaces. A common working environment, yet rarely attracting attention. Photographically, working life is often depicted in visually and emotionally charged settings – industry, shipping, farming, prisons, hospitals, psychiatric institutions etc. On the other hand middleclass life fails to attract most photographers and has thus been documented very little.

For Lars Tunbjörk (1956 - 2015), growing up in a lower middleclass environment, depicting his roots was a natural step. After the critically acclaimed book Country Beside Itself focusing on public space and leisure activities in Sweden, he wished to create a sequel depicting work.

At first he photographed several small and large companies and state establishments in Sweden. But with expanding globalization he felt it restrictive to visit Swedish offices only. Thus he sought out places of significant importance to international trade, such as Tokyo and New York’s Wall Street.

79 color images • Editor: Gösta Flemming • Layout: Greger Ulf Nilson, Lars Tunbjörk • Design: Greger Ulf Nilson • Co-published with Max Ström, Stockholm, Sweden • Hard cover 290 • x 275 mm • 112 pages • English/Swedish • 2002

Shortlisted for the Swedish Photobook/Best Photobook Award 2002.

Diploma in Swedish Book Art 2002 at the National Library of Sweden.

Included in Parr/Badger's The Photobook: A History volume II, 2006.

Included in 802 photo books from the M. + M. Auer collection, 2007.

Selected for Hasselblad Center’s exhibition Published – Photo Books in Sweden, Gothenburg Museum of Art 2018.