Snapshot: ‘Tukan’ (2010)

'Tukan' (2010), by Wolfgang Tillmans. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz

Wolfgang Tillmans became the first non-British artist and the first photographer to win the Turner Prize in 2000. Born a few miles south of Düsseldorf in 1968, Tillmans shot to fame in the early 1990s with his photographs of London’s clubbing scene. Since then his work has become more abstract – clothes drying and flowers wilting, botched haircuts, the planet Venus, and Concordes taking off and landing, photographed through airport security fences. Refusing any signature subject or style, he produces installations with prints of all sizes taped or pinned to the wall like a magazine layout. (He started out taking pictures for avant-garde fashion publications such as i-D and The Face.) Today Tillmans works in Berlin and London. Some of his latest photography is now on show at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, including ‘Tukan’.

At Moderna Museet, Exercisplan, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, until January 20 2013;

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