|Wolfgang Tillmans: View From Above |
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Hatje Cantz Publishers
Wolfgang Tillmans, the first German-born artist, and first photographer, ever to be awarded Britain's prestigious Turner Prize, has become, in recent years, "Mr. Zeitgeist," as the German magazine "ART" has called him. His best-known photographs, such as portraits of friends and youth culture denizens, stillifes, images of garments, and the "Concorde" series, have been shown in exhibitions and magazines throughout the world. Presenting him, however, as far more than a documentarian of Gen-X and youth culture, this major monograph on his work will present primarily unpublished photographs: land and cityscapes that have been manipulated with light during the printing process, images created without negatives, only by the use of light on photographic paper, and other abstractions. The book also includes a variety of more familiar works in which Tillmans examines the abstract qualities of nature and common, man-made goods. "Wolfgang Tillmans" is a remarkable publication on one of the most important artists of his generation.
"his photographs have captured the easy informality of a young, fashion-conscious generation,"- Mark Irving, "The Independent"
"I don't believe in coincidence and don't think I have a snapshot in my oeuvre. That's different to saying that I might work very quickly, on the spur of the moment. But my work has never ended with just taking the photograph. It is a material process, to do with making a thing. I apply my mind and craft to shaping that thing into what I want it to look like. Maybe all my work is about when does something gather critical mass so that it is recognisable. When is something nothing and when does it become something?"--Wolfgang Tillmans
Wolfgang Tillmans was born in Germany in 1968. He studied at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design during the early 1990s, and since then, he has appeared in major exhibitions around the world. In 2000, he won the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious prize for contemporary artists. He lives and works in London.
Edited by Zdnek Felix. Texts by Rudolf Schmitz, Giorgio Verzotti.
9.45 x 11 in.