Italia by Martin Bogren
Shot in Naples, Palermo, Bologna and Turin, Italia is Bogren’s take on street photography, a genre now so ubiquitous – and often so cliched – as to be a challenge in itself. If the subject matter is not so defined as before, the atmosphere remains consistent: the streets and their inhabitants seem to belong to an older era, their timelessness emphasised by the use of blur and the soft tonal greys that imbue everything with a quiet mystery. This is not so much street photography as an evocation of a state of mind: that peculiar sense of suspension that a lone visitor can feel as he attempts to navigate an unfamiliar city.
Sean O’Hagan on the Guardian Blog