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Untitled (Jam) 2003

Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968, Remscheid, Germany)

Untitled (Jam)
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Copyright: Copyright Wolfgang Tillmans; Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Tillmans' photographs are often described as snapshots - because his subject matter appears casual and spontaneous, yet his images are actually carefully composed. As he says: 'I learned at an early stage that it was much easier to make something look complicated and arty. But to make a pciture enter your consciousness on a different level, it's better if it looks very simple and doesn't talk so much abouts its own artifice and processes. I've developed ways to take pictures so that you don't notice how it's been lit, for example. The process doesn't exactly disappear - when you look at the picture you realise that the colours are very specific, and the geometry, and the lines, and how things are composed are still there. I don't want to make these things disappear completely, but I want to avoid a language that points them out.'

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Maureen Paley, London, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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