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13th December 2022

Tom Sandberg’s elusive photographs show mysteries in plain sight

A new photography book by the late Norwegian photographer Tom Sandberg is reviewed here. The linked piece goes further, becoming a meditation on Sandberg’s quiet, austere images of ordinary objects. They convey moody atmospheres with an infinity of shades of grey and seem to suggest narratives that lurk “outside the frame”. Some of Sandberg’s images are “so elusive, we look and look and still don’t know what we’re seeing. [They] come to us as a secular prayer.”