Wolfgang Tillmans

I visited the Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition which was held at the Tate Modern, form the 15th February to the 11th June 2017.

Tillman was born 1968 in Germany and is a fine-art photographer. His body of work is diverse and is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and is an ‘ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations.’ Tillmans was the first photographer, and also the first non-British person to be awarded the Tate annual Turner Prize


Wolfgang work is very experimental, with a huge range of work from landscapes to abstract pieces. The main focus for exploring this exhibition was to discover ways of displaying work, the majority of his work was displayed using bulldog clips, this is simple and allows the work to speak for its self. Using bulldog clips also allows me to print out work in a large scale without having to locate frames to fit the size I am after.

This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style.


I took particular interest in the image below, as it inspired me to find reflections in places that would normally be over looked. However using photographic techniques to manage the reflections within the headlight, therefor not over powering the reflection with the flashgun. If I where to re-create this image I would weaken the flash gun or use natural light and focus purely on the reflections from the mirrors within the headlight.



Experimental photos containing reflections.

These images where produced by me to provide me with some research into what I would like to focus on, to put this into practice I shot images using my phone to quickly capture different types of reflections and then I will evaluate what went well and develop that subject into what will be my final image.

These are a few images taken from the contact sheet, all captivate reflections and provide content which I would like to include within my final pieces. My focus is with the mirror on the bench, I am planing to take this further.


The above images are my take on Wolfgang Tillmans ‘headlight’ image. I chose to look directly at the mirrors within the headlight due the design of the headlight the reflected image provides some exciting distortions to everyday images. The colours that form within the headlight are clear and crisp, this is due to the natural backlight that the reflections causes.


This is an image of a heat deflector which is made of a silver material, due to the texture of the material it creates and interesting wave of highlights throughout the image. Although its not an immediate reflection the image does relate to the brief due to the reflection of light. To further develop this image I would take it into photoshop and crop the image to find a focal point.

Review of the Art Foundation Exhibition