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Manfred Willmann

Austrian, b. 1952

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Manfred Willmann

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Austrian, b. 1952

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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.

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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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Secession
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)