How many young art fags have picked up a book of Wolfgang Tillmans’ photography only to find their artistic perception forever changed? In his early twenties, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans rose to fame in the 1990s with his iconic imagery of
gay subculture showcasing friends, fashion and nightclub activity. Tillmans subsequently catapulted into art stardom, his work published in high-end magazines such as i-D, Vogue and Interview and in a number of critically acclaimed photographic collections produced in book format. Also recognized for challenging curatorial notions
of photographic display with his patchwork mentality and Scotch-tape installation method, Tillmans topped the artistic charts because of his renowned experimentations with the photographic process. Yet this cheeky behind-the-lens prodigy has remained seductively elusive—that is, until now. Filmmaker Heiko Kalmbach follows Tillmans over the course of four years, providing an intimate and candid portrait of the London-based photographer in this remarkably compelling documentary. Here, we follow a confounded school group on a
gallery visit, witness fans fawning over Tillmans at the Tate Modern, and experience Tillmans’ first attempt at mastering the moving image when he is asked to create a music video for the Pet Shop Boys.
Kalmbach provides fascinating insight into Tillmans’ creative process and proves that even with art star celebrity status, the Turner Prize winner’s main objective is to have fun.