Considered the “documentarian of his generation,” photographer Wolfgang Tillmans images have established his reputation as a prominent witness of contemporary social movements. I love the way his images occupy a unique position inside the industry – an industry that is saturated with imagery and ideas.
Perhaps stemming from a gene of his German roots, his images aesthetically follow a clean, minimal approach in terms of composition and palette, and usually conjure up questions for the viewer – not only on what is it that we see, but also how are we seeing it.
Tillmans has recently had a series of his photographs feature on the covers of Penguin’s new series “Philosophy in Transit” – a set of easily digestible, commute-length books of original philosophy. “Tillmans did a very short series of photographs back in 2000 featuring people on the Tube, and these photos just felt like a perfect fit for these books…. The idea of commuting is used as a metaphor throughout the books to explain philosophical ideas and concepts, plus they’re short A-format editions that are perfect for reading on your way to work, on the Tube perhaps.” – designer Matthew Young. You can read more about this series here.
This is also a great read.
Monday’s Muse is dedicated to one of my favourite photographers, Wolfgang Tillmans.