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Private view: Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans’s apparently artless and old-fashioned approach to photography conveys a very modern sense of dislocation

By Ben Lewis   August 2010

Wolfgang Tillmans at the Serpentine Gallery: a valiant last stand?

Prospect readers will be familiar with the notion, widespread since the 1970s, that “painting is dead.” Less well known is the recent perception that a similar fate has befallen photography, in the basic sense of taking pictures of the world. Few art photographers today feel there is much material left to photograph or, indeed, ways to photograph it. The digitally manipulated photograph, and the photo that records a scene created specifically for it, reign supreme. At the top end of the scale, the German artist Andreas Gursky has produced…

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