Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear


Conceived in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, this catalogue is devoted to the wide-ranging practice of Wolfgang Tillmans, encompassing photography, installation, print media, video, and sound and light work.


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Encompassing photography, installation, print media, video and more, this publication is the most comprehensive account of Tillmans’ wide-ranging career to date

A visionary creator and intrepid polymath, Wolfgang Tillmans unites formal inventiveness with an ethical orientation that attends to the most pressing issues of life today. While his work transcends the bounds of any single artistic discipline, he is best known for his wide-ranging photographic output. From trenchant documents of social movements to windowsill still lifes, ecstatic images of nightlife to cameraless abstractions, sensitive portraits to architectural studies, astronomical phenomena to intimate nudes, he has explored seemingly every genre of photography imaginable, continually experimenting with how to make new pictures and deepen the viewer’s experience.
Published in conjunction with a major exhibition of Tillmans’ work at the Museum of Modern Art, this copiously illustrated volume surveys four decades of the artist’s career. An outstanding group of writers offer diverse essays addressing key threads of his multifaceted practice, and a new text by Tillmans himself elucidates the distinctive methodology behind his system of presenting photographs. Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear grants readers new insight into the work of an artist who has not only changed the way photography is exhibited but pointed contemporary art in dynamic new directions.

Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968) is among the most influential contemporary artists, and the impact of his work registers across the arts, intersecting with fashion, music, architecture, the performing arts and activism. Tillmans is the recipient of the Turner Prize (2000) and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2015). His foundation, Between Bridges, supports the advancement of democracy, international understanding, the arts and LGBTQ rights.

Additional information

Weight 2188 g
Dimensions 25 x 31.9 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 23 September 2022
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Roxana Marcoci, Contributions by Quentin Bajac, Yve-Alain Bois, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Clément Chéroux, Durga Chew-Bose, Stuart Comer, Keller Easterling, Paul Flynn, Sophie Hackett, Michelle Kuo, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Phil Taylor, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Andrew Vielkind
Dimensions 25 x 31.9 cm
Weight 2188 g


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Roxana Marcoci is Senior Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Clément Chéroux, Chief Curator of Photography, MoMA, and former Senior Curator of Photography, SFMOMA

Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography, AGO

Keller Easterling, Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Design Program, Yale University.

Quentin Bajac, Director, Jeu de Paume

Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley

Durga Chew-Bose, Essayist and Critic, Author of Too Much and Not the Mood, editor at SSENSE

Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media & Performance, MoMA

Oluremi Onabanjo, Independent Curator and Scholar

Paul Flynn, Writer, Author of Good as You

Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA

Phil Taylor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, MoMA.

Andrew Vielkind, former Mellon-Marron Research Consortium Fellow