Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans HeadshotWolfgang Tillmans is a German photographer. His diverse body of work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations.

Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography. It pairs intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Tillmans’ work seamlessly integrates genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies. Thus, he succeeds in expanding conventional ways of approaching the medium. And his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

Wolfgang Tillmans was born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany. He then studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, England, from 1990 to 1992.

In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize, an award given annually by Tate in London.

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