Tom Sandberg Narvik, Norway, 1953-2014


Tom Sandberg is considered a pioneer of photography in Norway, bringing the medium more attention and renown with his black and white prints on aluminum. He studied at the Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England, working with modernist masters of photography Minor White, Thomas Joshua Cooper, and Paul Hill.


Working almost thirty years since the 1970s and exclusively with large format, black-and-white film, Sandberg produced a remarkable body of work consistent in its vision and imbued with a sense of mystery and depth of feeling. Many of his pictures are aerial views and appear to be in a state of suspension. Recurring themes are pictures of the sun, ocean, endless clouds, and horizon. In some, the image is barely visible, as if testing the limits of what the eye can see.


Sandberg’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the United States, including The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The International Center of Photography, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In 2007, a major retrospective of his work was exhibited at MoMA PS1, Queens, New York, Tom Sandberg: Photographs:1989-2006. It received critical attention in Aperture Magazine.


Sandberg's work is in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; and Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others.