Wolfgang Tillmans: "Pictures are replacing words as messages."

Wolfgang Tillmans in his studio. Photograph by Michael Danner

Wolfgang Tillmans in his studio. Photograph by Michael Danner

"Something interesting is happening: pictures are replacing words as messages," Tillmans says of selfies and restaurant Instagramming. "You could trace these elements to work I did 20 years ago, and obviously I am not responsible for that, but that sense that there is some significance in a piece of clothing on the floor. I cannot bitch about millions of people who photograph their food. But I didn't photograph plates or still lifes to show my friend: 'Look! I've just eaten this banana!' I really didn't, but I was accused in the 90s by critics that this was shallow, vacuous, unimportant subject matter."

 

Read the article in the Guardian here.