Photographs by Leif Sandberg
With a poem by Bob Hansson
Released February, 2017
Leif Sandberg (b. 1943) is an ordinary person, but a truly extraordinary photographer. Life took a real turn when he at the age of 64 learned that he might have pancreatic cancer. During the struggle that followed, he initiated a project where he, through the use of images, conveyed not only the emotional roller-coaster of dealing with the illness, but also the coming to terms with the harsh realisation that the ageing process had really taken its toll.
“I have always enjoyed a general interest in art, which led me to enroll in art history courses when well into my fifties. When my life later pivoted as a result of my cancer, I suddenly felt the need to also create something myself.”
From the start, the focus was not only on dealing with the fact that life was coming to an end – a thought stemming from the anxiety attacks
brought on by years of career stress. The act of photographing also constituted a form of therapy, and the images also came to depict the true significance of his forty-year relationship with his partner.
“It's really about how you piece it all together: The anxiety attacks in the wake of the realisation that one is ageing rapidly, while at the same time seeing the light in a relationship. My images are more about the thoughts triggered by the disease than the disease itself.”
Leif Sandberg has participated in workshops with, among other notables, Anders Petersen, JH Engström, Roger Ballen and Antoine d'Agata. Over the course of these workshops, the material slowly emerged, and the series Ending eventually resulted in well-received exhibitions at the Landskrona Photo festival 2014 and at Galleri Ralf in Stockholm 2013/14.
Ending is Leif Sandberg's first monograph and he is currently working on a project that picks up where this book leaves off.
“Ending does not present conclusive answers – everyone can delve in with their own history and experiences, and my hope is that the book can offer the viewer a sense of perspective regarding their own lives and ageing processes”.
• Ending is Leif Sandberg's story of receiving news of a life-threatening disease and of dealing with the ageing process
• Leif Sandberg began photographing late in life and has created an oeuvre that is urgent both with regard to content and the medium itself
• The photobook Ending is Leif Sandberg's debut. He is currently working with a new body of material that starts where Ending leaves off
• Ending also features a text based on Leif Sandberg's story by the poet Bob Hansson
Hardback. Clothbound. 96 pages. 48 color and b&w illustrations
Size: 240 x 300 mm
Edition: 500 copies including a special edition of 45 with a print
(3 prints, 15 copies each)
Edited by: Leif Sandberg, Lasse Burell and Hans Malm
Concept: Lasse Burell and Hans Malm
Book design: Lasse Burell