For artist Wolfgang Tillmans, portraiture is a collaborative process between photographer and accomplice. While Tillmans' photographs are often referred to as casual, they are actually the result of a carefully constructed process of engagement with his models. Each sitter, be they a world-famous rock star or a family member, projects both vulnerability and dignity. Presented here are a selection of some of the best of these portraits, taken between 1988 to 2001, and chosen by Tillmans himself. Subjects include filmmaker John Waters, architect Rem Koolhaas, musicians Moby and Michael Stipe, actresses Irm Hermann and Chloë Sevigny, as well as the artist's family and friends.
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Wolfgang Tillmans was born in Germany in 1968. He studied at the Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design during the early 1990s and, since then, has appeared in major exhibitions around the world. In 2000, he was the first photographer to be awarded the Turner Prize, England's highest honor for a contemporary artist. Tillmans currently lives and works in London.From Library Journal:
By drawing influences from urban youth culture and popular music, German photographer Tillmans has redefined the look and style of contemporary portraiture. In the 1990s, his acclaimed work for such contemporary magazines as i-D and Interview earned him a critical reputation for photographing in a meticulously constructed "casual" style a unique style that seamlessly crosses genres, including fashion and fine art. In 2000, the London-based Tillmans became the first photographer to win the Turner Prize, Britain's most coveted contemporary art award. This book surveys Tillmans's portrait work from 1988 to 2001, compiling 68 color photographs of the artist's family and friends; several well-known subjects, such as film director John Waters and musician Michael Stipe, are included. The selections, which were chosen and arranged by the artist himself, are perfect examples of his celebrated style. But one must look elsewhere to read more than a single paragraph about the artist and his work, as no text accompanies the images. Two excellent sources are Zdenek Felix's current overview of all of Tillmans's work (including his landscapes), Wolfgang Tillmans: A View from Above, and Simon Watney's Wolfgang Tillmans, which provides a good introduction to Tillmans's portraiture. This new work is recommended for art and photography collections as well as all larger public libraries. Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ.,
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