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Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans is a German photographer. He rose into fame due to a series of casual portraits of his friends and he was quickly described as an observer of contemporary society. The work of Wolfgang Tillmans is characterised by a shocking lack of self-discipline (at least according to some art critics). He is rebellious, refuses orthodoxy and dogmatism and his method is to reject all canons, aesthetic or other. His work thus seems disparate, heterogeneous and discontinuous. Tillmans’ methodology is characterised by a lack of effect, a good dose of provocation, a refusal to narrate and a positive form of polysemic dilettantism that comes in contrast with his somewhat easy intellectualism. His primary obsession appears to be to achieve a sophisticated form of immediacy with his audience.


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