Wolfgang Tillmans made a name for himself in the early 1990s when his photographs were published by London style magazine I-D, Spex and Interview. A true photography wunderkind, this 31-year-old has so far published nine books and exhibited in modern art museums in New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Los Angeles. ‘His images are from the school of finding beauty and weirdness in the everyday,’ says Lewis Blackwell of Stone. ‘Where many photographers seem to be celebrating the fact that they have nothing to say when they photograph the everyday, Tillmans brings a real intensity and poetry to his gaze.’ From Gay Pride to activist rallies, fashion shoots to club scenes, He explores issues like identity, dress codes and roles of his subjects in an attempt to highlight the complexities of contemporary underground youth culture.
Tillmans has diversified: in 1997 Concorde depicted the ‘romantic qualities of this supersonic anachronism’; in 1999 Soldiers – The Nineties, portrayed men and their uniforms and he also chronicled the solar eclipse.