Selected as Book of the Week by Forrest Soper
Ending is Leif Sandberg's story of receiving news of a life-threatening disease and of dealing with the ageing process. Leif Sandberg began photographing late in life and has created an oeuvre that is urgent both with regard to content and the medium itself. The photobook Ending is Leif Sandberg's debut. Ending does not present conclusive answers – everyone can delve in with their own history and experiences, and the hope is that the book can offer the viewer a sense of perspective regarding their own lives and ageing processes.
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 constituted a form of therapy, and the images also came to depict the true significance of his forty-year relationship with his partner.
Leif Sandberg has participated in workshops 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 Landskrona Photo festival 2014 and at Galleri Ralf in Stockholm 2013/14. Ending is Leif Sandberg's first monograph and he is currently
Ending features a poem by the Swedish poet Bob Hansson inspired by Leif Sandberg's story.