Wolfgang Tillmans belongs to the most influential contemporary photography artists working today. Concerned with the creation of images rather than with photography in the conventional sense, the German artist’s oeuvre includes still lifes, portraits, landscapes as well as abstract pictures.Tillmans produces his images with and without a camera, using photocopiers or experimenting with chemicals, following his interest in exploring the limits of photography and the meaning picture creation in an increasingly image-saturated world. He became known in the 1990s with his snapshot documentations of youths, clubs, and LGBTQ culture. Ever since, Wolfgang Tillmans has expanded his practice to include large-scale abstraction and commissioned magazine work. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize by Tate in London. About his work as an established artist he once said: “Really, my day-today life in the studio … is about taking care of a quarter century’s worth of work and how it functions and operates in the outside world.” His work has been the subject of prominent solo exhibitions at international institutions including Tate Britain (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London (2012); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM); Kunsthalle Zürich (2012); and The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2015). Wolfgang Tillmans was born in Remscheid, Germany in 1968. Today he lives and works in London and Berlin.
Wolfgang Tillmans, Freedom from the Known