It’s highly likely that you know Teju Cole for his innovative novels and essays, but he is also a dedicated photographer. This spring he release a photobook called Fernweh. The word in German translates literally to “farsickness”, the opposite of homesickness, a longing to be far away. If you are like me, you are probably struggling with a touch of fernweh about now.
Fernweh is a book of photographs taken over a period of six years during many visits to Switzerland. While the nation is typically thought to be clean and efficient and boring, Cole says this only served to excite his contrarian side, which led to an obsession with Switzerland and everything the country stands for. The photographs in the book are the culmination of this long obsession.