Manfred Willmann
Austrian, born 1952
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Galerie Priska Pasquer at Paris Photo 2013,

Manfred Willman appropriates the methods and forms of documentary photography to create vividly colorful, conceptual work. To emphasize the apparent lack of reportage in his images, Willman depicts people carrying out the most mundane of tasks—working, cleaning, eating, playing—as well as living and dead animals. He alternates freely between landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and detail shots. Other than a powerful flash that pulls his figures out of the background into relief, Willman does not manipulate his images at all. By focusing on the unspectacular minutiae, he believes his work to operate within a symbolic register; the figures disappear and the photographs reemerge as an imprint of a shared moment between photographer, subject, and light.