ENGSTROM, J. H. Trying to Dance. (Stockholm): Journal, (2003).


Trying to Dance.
(Stockholm): Journal, (2003).

4to (304 × 238 mm), pp.[144]. 56 colour and 39 black-and-white photographs. Black endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and sides lettered in white, colour photographic reproduction mounted to front; light rubbing and marks to rear. Near-fine.

First edition. The photographs that comprise Trying to Dance were taken in various European and American cities though predominantly in his native Sweden and in New York where he moved in 1998. Autobiographical in tone, Engström interweaves nude portraits of people we assume are friends or lovers, self-portraits, landscapes and interior views, many of which feature unmade beds. Engström is ‘in the vanguard of a new genre that depicts a veiled, oblique, almost novelistic view of modern life, especially modern relationships, apparently offering frankness and disclosure yet remaining extremely guarded. (Badger)’

Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol.II pp.322-3; Neumüller, M and González, Á. L., Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade pp.12-13, p.70.


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