Per Bak Jensen is recognised as a forerunner in the Scandinavian milieu of contemporary art photography. He focusses on the harmony and tension that arises between nature, landscape, and the built environment, as well as a personal response to his surroundings that touches on memoir. Spanning both black-and-white and colour photography, at times Bak Jensen’s straightforward images verge on abstraction, capturing not only, as he has said, ‘the being of places’, but how they are visualised through the frame of the lens. Marc-Christoph Wagner of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art writes, ‘If you asked him, he would say that the subjects speak to him because there is more there, soul or spirit. He would indicate that the metaphysics he explores in his pictures goes beyond the instantly accessible or present.’
Bak Jensen (Copenhagen, 1949) lives and works in Stevns, Denmark. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (1986) and was Associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1986–2009). His work is represented in collections including Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), Paris; International Center of Photography (ICP), New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen.