Sthlm Phone Home is a feverish, introverted diary, grimy and dreamlike, with surrealist undertones.
This series of black-and-white photographs spans the years 2011 to 2015 and restricts itself to photographs taken in Stockholm using an iPhone – a mobile device that the photographer Per Englund first acquired because of its map functions, but which later became an important tool for him. In the foreword, Englund talks about his compulsive photo collecting, unpleasant dreams and the difference between snapshots and pictures and how they occur. Locations, dates and times are given for every exposure in a chronological index.
Englund moved to Stockholm from his hometown Gothenburg in the 2000s, and the camera came to be used both as a shield and as a battering-ram in the unfamiliar city. The result is a piece of black-and-white pictorial poetry in which modern technology meets traditional craft.
Dokument Press have previously published Per Englund’s books Life Geos On (2009) and The Beautiful Struggle (2006).
Per Englund, b. 1981 in Gothenburg, works as a photographer and photo book writer. He lives in Stockholm with a Studio in the Södermalm quarter. Englund works with several Swedish and international clients, publishers and periodicals. He sits on the board of Fotoförfattarna in the Swedish Association of Professional Photographers and has received the National Library’s Swedish Book Art award and several grants from the Swedish Authors’ Fund. Find out more at www.per-englund.com