Lars Tunbjörk
L.A. Office

Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?
You raise up your head
And you ask, “Is this where it is?”
And somebody points to you and says
“It’s his”
And you say, “What ’s mine?”
And somebody else says, “Where what is?”
And you say, “Oh my God
Am I here all alone?”
Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

Ballad Of A Thin Man Bob Dylan

In the western world the word ‘office’ is synonymous with grey impersonal surroundings, filing cabinets, corridors, chairs and desks – and that ticking clock, counting down until the moment of escape.

In 2002, while on commissions for The New York Times, Lars Tunbjörk photographed the corner of an office in Japan. He kept returning to this image, realizing that “although most people, at least in the west, spend the better part of their time in offices, nobody has ever really done a significant study of this environment.”

Tunbjörk later came across an unused office block in Los Angeles. The resulting series, titled L.A. Office, is completely devoid of human presence. Offering glimpses of the dated décor and furnishings of the office block, Tunbjörk’s camera picks up the magenta hues on seemingly white walls and the oranges and greens reminiscent of a 1970s hallway. But the photographs steer away from humorous social comment on material banality. A haunting set of images where unused, purpose built objects have lost their function, Tunbjörk delves into the realms of ennui and isolation.

Bound as a large format children’s board book, the thirty images lie flat across the opened page to create a series of large images in this unusual object.

Born in Stockholm in 1956, Lars Tunbjörk spent the seventies photographing for several national newspapers and publications in his native country. He has exhibited widely in his native Sweden, including a solo exhibition at the Moderna Museet. Additionally he has had solo and group shows across Europe and the U.S.A including an exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York, featuring work from Landet Utom Sig. He has published nine books, among them Country Beside Itself (1993), Office (2003) and Vinter (2007). He works regularly for magazines such as The New York Times Magazine and GEO.

 

64 pages
30 colour plates
24.5 cm x 38 cm
Hardcover board book

Publication date: September 2014

€55.00 £47.50 $75.00

ISBN 978-1-907946-03-5


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