Installation and Photography

Wolfgang Tillmans

Fig 1. Paper Drop. 2008

Following his studies in Bournemouth, German photographer Deitcher began his career working in fashion and documentary photography in which he created works for various journals and magazines including the magazine I-D where he made collaborations in the late 1980’s.  Wolfgang Tillmans works range from still lives to portraiture and has presented exhibits internationally.  In 2000, Wolfgang Tillmans was also presented the Turner Prize.

Wolfgang Tillmans works present a range of subject matter in which he captures broad colour  within cultural environments.  While some works appear quite rural, other works created present more abstract forms.  His series ‘Fleeting Moments’ sees a collection of visuals all showing forms of a fluid like nature, in which Deitcher brings strong presence of colour and line to create wavy effects. Other series include his images of folded paper where we see a perspective of paper from a side view where the inside gap presents a warped or blurred appearance.

As well as the image content itself, the installation style Wolfgang Tillmans creates is also interesting as he displays photographs of various sizes as a large collage display. I admire Wolfgang Tillmans for how he displays his images at different heights as this makes the installation more visually interesting.  I am also intrigued to pursue a similar idea for my own collective series.


Christian Boltanski

Fig 2. Lessons of Darkness. 1989

Contemporary artist Christian Boltanski began his career in film before using the photography medium to explore themes of remembrance and historical culture in later works. Boltanski is known for his use of materials and objects within his installation works in which materials he uses include kinetic lighting and other media. Boltanski often refers to historical events, particularly war subjects in which he features portraits of people as a consecutive wall installation.

In 1988, Boltanski created an installation piece ‘Lessons of Darkness’ in tribute to the holocaust victims which involved many harsh lights among portrait photographs.  Boltanski’s installations present an atmosphere that brings a strong sense of acknowledgement to the past and his use of lighting presents gives a quality that is reminiscent of a memorial space.

I find Boltanski’s installations are very experiential as he uses more materials than photographs alone to show what life was like during a certain time period.  I admire his use of lighting as I find it brings more presence and this affects the viewing of the images as they are presented in low lighting conditions.  I find the use of lighting enhances atmosphere and this is something which I may also use in my own installation final piece.


Lorenzo Vitturi

Fig 3. Dalston Anatomy. 2013

Following his studies in Photography and design, Vitturi collaborated his practice with the arts into his photography works.  Lorenzo Vitturi has exhibited in various countries i both Europe and the United States.  His works present colourful still life pieces interpreted through sculpture in which he also uses them to reference other imagery where he features people as his subject matter.  In 2014, Vitturi won an award at the Photography Grand Prix at the Festival of Fashion and Photography in France.

Vitturi’s pieces are vibrant in colour and he also uses photography as the canvas for featuring real things.  For example, some of his images give perspectives featuring herbs and spices placed onto the print.  The concept of this is to relate particular objects with particular cultures in which Vitturi creates fascinating still lives that merge portraiture as a part of the piece.

I find Vitturi


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