Leif Sandberg


Leif Sandberg

Leif Sandberg (b. 1943) is an ordinary person,
but a truly extraordinary photographer. Life
took a real turn when he at the age of 64
learned that he might have pancreatic cancer.
During the struggle that followed, he
initiated a project where he, through the use
of images, conveyed not only the emotional
roller-coaster of dealing with the illness,
but also the coming to terms with the harsh
realisation that the ageing process had really
taken its toll.
“I have always enjoyed a general interest in
art, which led me to enroll in art history courses
when well into my fifties. When my life later
pivoted as a result of my cancer, I suddenly felt
the need to also create something myself.”
From the start, the focus was not only on
dealing with the fact that life was coming
to an end – a thought stemming from the
anxiety attacks brought on by years of career
stress. The act of photographing also consti
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tuted a form of therapy, and the images also
came to depict the true significance of his
forty-year relationship with his partner.
“It’s really about how you piece it all togeth
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er: The anxiety attacks in the wake of the real
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isation that one is ageing rapidly, while at the
same time seeing the light in a relationship. My
images are more about the thoughts triggered by
the disease than the disease itself.”
Leif Sandberg has participated in work
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shops with, among other notables, Anders
Petersen, JH Engström, Roger Ballen and
Antoine d’Agata. Over the course of these
workshops, the material slowly emerged, and
the series Ending eventually resulted in well-
received exhibitions at the Landskrona Photo
festival 2014 and at Galleri Ralf in Stockholm
2013/14. Ending is Leif Sandberg’s first
monograph and he is currently working on a
project that picks up where this book leaves off.
“Ending does not present conclusive answers
– everyone can delve in with their own history
and experiences, and my hope is that the book
can offer the viewer a sense of perspective
regarding their own lives and ageing processes.