Critically-acclaimed Photographer and AUB alumnus, Wolfgang Tillmans, recently visited AUB to give a guest lecture to students.
Tillmans attended Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (now AUB) in the early 1990s.
Tillmans is currently exhibiting at the Tate Modern in London. The exhibition brings together his photographs, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music.
His work has been published in magazines such as i-d and Vogue and he is the first photographer to have won the Turner Prize.
During the talk, he shared photographs with students explaining his intentions for each and the result. These ranged from some of his earliest shots taken as a student in Bournemouth, to later photographs that have been exhibited around the world.
He spoke to students about reading surfaces in the manmade world and analysing what they reveal, emphasising the importance of questioning everything and not just accepting the world as it is.
Ha advised students to “trust your eye, but also change your position” – to believe in what you are photographing, but also to interrogate subject matter.
After the lecture, Tillmans held a Q&A session for a group of 25 students in the Photography Hub, giving them the opportunity to ask him any questions.