Jeff Wall


This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2024.

ISBN: 9783775756303 Category:


Elaborate Photographic Compositions

Since the late 1970s, the Canadian artist Jeff Wall has contributed significantly to establishing photography as an autonomous medium, and is regarded as one of the key vanguards of “staged photography”. Referring to his approach as “near documentary”, his images resemble documentary photographs in style and manner, but instead are meticulously composed, multilayered compositions. Synthesizing photography with elements from other art forms such as painting, cinema, and literature-in a complex mode that he calls “cinematography”-his deeply intellectual work stages fictional realities, memories and past experiences in an elaborate process.

Featuring more than fifty works, this catalogue accompanying the large-scale exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler juxtaposes Wall’s iconic backlit color transparencies with his more recent black and white photographs and color C-prints, revealing a variety of references in content and form.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20.5 x 24.5 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 7 June 2024
Number of pages 216
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Martin Schwander and Riehen/Basel, Text by Ralph Ubl
Dimensions 20.5 x 24.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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With his innovative approach to photography, JEFF WALL (*1946, Vancouver) has significantly shaped the medium and its status within contemporary art. After completing his postgraduate studies in art history in the mid-1970s, his new conceptual approach to large-format pictorial photography attracted attention. Each of his images is a unique composition that can take years to complete. Since the mid-1990s he has expanded his repertoire, working with traditional black-and-white prints and, more recently, inkjet color prints. He lives and works in Vancouver.