Born in 1968 in Germany, where he was raised, Wolfgang Tillmans currently lives and works in London. He has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitons worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the 1998 Berlin Biennale, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, to name just a few.
In 2000, Tillmans was awarded the highly prestigious Turner Prize in Photography. His photographs have appeared in i-D, Interview, Vogue, and Raygun. His latest book, Burg, a retrospective of his photography over the last five years, was published in 1998.
One of the youngest photographers to receive international recognition, Tillmans not surprisingly focuses on youth culture in his photography. His work may be described as stylistically a cross between snapshot and documentary.
Tillmans shows us the interiors of bedrooms, empty Chinese food containers, random events that are less concerned with photo history than with photography's evocative power. In one photo, a young man with a Mohawk haircut urinates on a chair. The image's transgressive ambiguity is at once both mundane and erotic.