Thomas Demand, ‘Clearing’, 2003, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Collection: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Image rights: © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / ARS, New York

"Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker"

Venue: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2016-2017)

Promised Gift from the Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker

About Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand creates large-scale photographs that probe the relationship between reproduction and original. Trained as a sculptor, the German artist reconstructs media images of complex interior scenes using ephemeral materials like paper and cardboard. After photographing the painstakingly-crafted, life-sized models, Demand destroys them, leaving only photographic evidence of their fleeting existence. Demand's images often suggest recent activity, yet are eerily devoid of people, resembling the appearance of a film set or even a forensic photograph. Describing his practice of sculpture-based photography, Demand once said, "My work is in itself a ghost of my vision."

German, b. 1964, Munich, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany and Los Angeles, California