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Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographer
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Tillmans has become one of the most prominent and influential photographers to emerge during the 1990's. He profiles the lifestyles of his immediate circle of friends, working collaboratively with his subjects so that they lose their inhibitions in front of the camera. Tillmans produces raw, confessional images yet stays within the traditional genres of portraiture, landscape and still-life. His ability to produce powerful and sometimes shocking images has brought him success in art galleries and mainstream media alike.
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Alex with **** Plant 1992(part of the Lutz-those might know as the designer-and Alex series)



His sense of sex is really ironic and hysterical. Though I would never compare him with the likes of Richardson in his trashy pornographic approach...Wolfgang has a slightly more organic and spontaneous approach.

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Susanne & Lutz 1992


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Lutz,Alex,Susanne & Christoph on the beach 1993



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Lutz & Alex sitting in a tree 1992


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Accept no substitutes: Wolfgang Tillmans could well be the coolest photographer on the planet. Always imitated, never bettered, he's the lens-meister of the zeitgeist, the photo-journo who went artside, a man in constant demand, moving effortlessly from magazine to fashion shoot to gallery retrospective. He creates identities, he's the brand name of hip. From Ray Gun to i-D, his images feel iconic before they're out of the fluid. I'll be your mirror, he whispers, and the Gen X-kids find themselves reflected in his always open pictures.

Make your own meaning, rave about them, the artifice, the stagings, it's so close to home and snapshot-casual you could do it yourself. But you couldn't. Framing is all. Every shot is classically composed, it's just the subjects that are so Now. From the portraits that made him famous, through the still lives and landscapes (undermining the genres with every shot), this book is high colour, dirty realist heaven. Finding the still point in the information overload, the sexuality in the machine, and the image in the image saturation, Tillmans gives us the brief epiphanies we might just remember as our own.
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thanks so much scott, this thread was overdue!

i'm looking forward to his new book 'truth study center" published by taschen:

i've been very fond of his abstract photography lately, another book cover, both from schaden.com

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^Yes! I saw that cover whilst searching. There's another that I noticed come out last year....I forget the title as in the midst of it all.

I love the contrasts and contradictions about his work too. That he's not stuck in some archetypical mold. People automatically label him as a gay pornographer because he's gay and does male nudity. Really,the fact that he's done alot with nature lanscapes(he even directed Goldfrapp's first video "Lovely Head" with fields and deer amuck) and fashion...and,of course,the more abstract works,proves that wrong.

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VERY interesting thread, thanks for posting

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i've been very fond of his abstract photography lately, another book cover, both from schaden.com
oh lovely, have you any more to post anna karina?

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I like his use of colour alot. I think he has a very intrest odd sexual feeling to some of his photograph. I also think he depicts nature in an intresting way.

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i love tillmans' work! i bought a lot of postcards when i was in germany last summer. i'll try to scan the ones i can't find online...this is from artnet.com



not fashion of course..but reminiscent of textures and layers and fabrics. i love that they're huge...my postcards are so small

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here's another similar one, from metmuseum.org



this picture is small, but this is the other postcard i have..it's socks and clothing hanging over a radiator...just the really white/blue part of the image..not the surrounding stuff.

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I've seen the radiator one before .f....brilliant! As said before,it's just so casual and natural...and in that it captivates a person.

Thanks for the cool images .francesca

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But I think prefer his nature and landscape images more,though,to be honest. Not surprising to most,I don't think :p

I was actually looking round for some still's from the video he shot for Goldfrapp's very first single "Lovely Head"....it had deer in a meadow. Utterly breathtaking and cerebral.

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