Slowly but steadily we become immersed in what Henrik â€¨Malmström saw and photographed from the window of hisâ€¨ living room. The pages of A Minor Wrongdoing unfold as a â€¨hypnotic sequence of candid shots taken at theâ€¨ neighbourhood of St. Georg in Hamburg, between 2011â€¨and 2014. Hundreds of them, they record the last remainsâ€¨ of street life in an urban area that is currently undergoingâ€¨ fierce gentrification after recent official law enforcementâ€¨against street-based prostitution. Malmström used a cheapâ€¨ digital camera forcing its ISO levels to reproduce in eachâ€¨ scene the raw effect of a surveillance cam. The grainyâ€¨ monochromatic material of his voyeuristic enterprise hasâ€¨ been put together in this voluminous book replicating a â€¨messy police report archive. Printed in sharp dots, the grainâ€¨ adds a grade of unprecedented abstraction and beauty to â€¨the sequence whereas the quantity of images breaks with â€¨the conventional linear story structure. There is an uncannyâ€¨f eel in it. And obsession: the unconfessed obsession of aâ€¨ photographer who happened to be in the right place at the â€¨right time. We do not get to see much of what he â€¨photographed but we can still imagine what is pretty much â€¨happening in this obscure underworld of transactions.
Limited edition of 375 copies. Signed copy.