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Talk & Book event: Nils Bergendal

12. June 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00

DIY/independent publishing & crowdfunding and about the project After Exposure – The Cyclopedia of Broken Cameras.

Nils Bergendal’s project is an archaeological investigation of a camera repairman’s remains.

The book describes 62 cameras from the mechanical era until today in text and image and with a comment from the camera repairman himself. The essay is written by critic and author Dan Jönsson, grappling with the existential conundrum of our civilization’s ever more problematic metabolism.

Many years ago I handed in a broken camera for repair. Behind the counter I saw hundreds of camera wrecks. The camera repairman has now retired, the workshop is closed and the scrap depot from 60 years back has ended up at my house. This book is an archaeological survey of these remains. Out of the scrap a fascinating history emerges.” said the author.


Nils Bergendal was born in Lund, Sweden in 1965.
Studied at the International Center of Photography
in New York 1986–87 and sorted negatives as a
trainee at Magnum Photos. He started as freelance
photographer at the newspaper Sydsvenskan in 1990
and covered the conflicts in Somalia, the West Bank
and the Balkans. His career continued with a varied
mix of freelance assignments and self-driven projects
in film and photography. Eventually he gravitated
towards the art. Nils Bergendal had his first solo show
2013 with the series The Name of Us. Since then, he
has worked with his own book publishing, exhibitions
and videoinstallations. In his work he often enters
into dialogue with the past, with archives or with
historical collections. After Exposure – The
Cyclopedia of Broken Cameras is Nils Bergendal’s
fourth book and will be published in the spring 2021.


Talk 30 min & book signing 20 min.

Venue: ROOM – Bookcorner in HAL12


12. June 2021
14:00 - 15:00
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