Wolfgang Tillmans

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Wolfgang Tillmans was once quoted to say that with his work he was “challenging the institutionalization of the image within both the gallery and the magazine”. The photographs that he takes are of everyday things, such as a woman picking vegetables in a grocery store, gallons of juice sitting on a shelf, or even a mans shoe. There are many pictures found in magazines that consist of the same type of subjects. But look closely, and you will see that their views on these subjects are completely different. The way in which Wolfgang Tillmans portrays everyday life through his work shares both similarities and differences with the way in which the mainstream magazines decide to portray it. Tillmans photographs share a few similarities with some of the pictures that are used in common magazines, whether they are advertisements or a photo accompanying an article. Using Tillmans photograph of the city and comparing it to others foun Continue...


Many of the pictures of cities in the magazines had the same effect. She is not wearing fancy clothing or makeup. There are also a few differences between Tillmans' photographs and those in the magazines. In one of the pictures the woman contrasts with her background because she is wearing white, while in the other picture, the woman stands out because she is wearing dark colors. He uses the techniques that he knows to the best of his ability in order to show others how things are seen through his eyes. It is as if they blend together, creating something dull and boring. In the magazine pictures, the women have their whole bodies photographed. They are wearing quite a bit of makeup, and are even posing for the camera. It is the same scene in the magazine pictures. The woman in his portrayal of the city is wearing dark colors, and she blends in with the background. Each one focuses on one main subject, which is usually a woman. In Tillmans work, the city is presented as dark and dismal. It is as if the city is being engulfed in darkness.