Éditions Lamaindonne, 2021. First edition. Hardcover, 92 pp., 50 b/w illustrations, 200 x 262 mm. Photographs by Martin Bogren.
Swedish photographer Martin Bogren has developed a body of work in which the personal and poetic dimension is asserted with a practice of photography that is part of a form of initiatory journey. With Passenger, his latest project, even though the photographs were taken in India during several stays in Calcutta between 2018 and 2020, it is not an Indian chronicle. It is something else entirely, a form of wandering, which is not limited to a geographical journey, a test of distance or confrontation with an unknown environment and culture, a change of scenery.
The photographer delivers a set where a form of abandonment, of letting go, pierces through, which he translates with harsh or dreamlike images. His photographs emerge as subjective visions that reveal ambivalence, angelic or monstrous figures, lightness and violence. For the first time, he integrates colour into his work, which he alternates with great consistency with his black and white approach. As a way of developing a language that allows him to experience the world and himself.