Wolfgang Tillmans’s Latest Project Sets Its Sights On The World
Over the period of more than two decades, German born photographer Wolfgang Tilmans has explored the medium of photo-imaging with greater range than any other artist of his generation. His work, whilst appearing to capture the immediacy of the moment and character of the subject, also examines the dynamics of photographic representation. From the outset he ignored the traditional separation of art exhibited in a gallery from images and ideas conveyed through other forms of publication, giving equal weight to both.
For this collection of photos, entitled Wolfgang Tillmans. Neue Welt (Taschen, ISBN 978-3836539746, $39.99), Tillmans turned away from the self-reflexive exploration of the photography medium that had occupied him for several years by focusing his lens on the outside world—from London and Nottingham to Tierra del Fuego, Tasmania, Saudi Arabia, and Papua New Guinea. He describes this new phase simply as “trying out what the camera can do for me, what I can do for it.” The result is a powerful and singular view of life today in diverse parts of the world, seen from many angles. Says Tillmans, “My travels are aimless as such, not looking for predetermined results, but hoping to find subject matter that in some way or other speaks about the time I’m in.” ❚