Thomas Wågström

Swedish, 1955–present

In his work, including more than 10 photography books during the years, Wågström investigates human existence from different perspectives. Using highly personal and distinctive imagery, his pictures embody the mystery of existence and man’s predicament on earth.

Wågström’s photographs are meditations on human conditions such as vulnerability, obsession and fear and have a narrative character, combining an artistic expression with a documentary story. They invite interpretation and re-interpretation by the viewer, and thus sometimes change their meaning quite suddenly.

Wågström is interested in the introspective expression, a sort of state of emergency of the soul. His mostly sombre pictures bear striking witness to the mental struggle with one’s self and the cloister-like personal demons.