Text by Niclas Östlind
Design by Petter Antonisen
2014, English, Swedish, hardcover
80 pages, 24 x 16,5 cm
It´s probably a combination of the material and the special way in which colours are rendered that gives Polaroid images their often jewel-like aura. It’s a quality that is there almost independently of what the image depicts, although the image can emphasise the effect in quite a palpable way. This is very much the case when it comes to the series of photographs that Bengt-Arne Falk created during a particular period at the beginning of the 1980s. Although Bengt-Arne Falk’s photographs from the early eighties share both an inner relatedness and outer resemblance - also marked by the distinctive look of Polaroid material - each image is unique. They are unique in the sense that the photographs, just like daguerreotypes, only exist in one physical copy, but also because the motifs are encapsulated in a way that gives the impression of looking into a completely other and demarcated world. Among them we find a fencing mask, a fountain pen, the black tip of a shoe, a negligee, and a crystal carafe. Objects that reflect a fascination for things as traces, alluring objects that evoke desire of an almost fetishistic kind.