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Billy & Hells


Billy & Hells The Astronaut’s Wife or My Father lives On The Moon « The story takes its origin in the 60s … We are children of the 60s. The period of economic upturn(in Germany), and the time of lost families. Its the time when fathers moving away, men flying to the moon. It’s about formative memories of this time and every picture in this story represents a memory, person, feeling from these years of growing up. For us its indeed authentic and simply shows the great inspirations of portraits. We will not explain our memories for each picture, except the opening picture,The Astronauts wife, stands for our abandoned mothers. Its up to every observer to get their own memories to each picture. This recent series The Astronaut’s Wife is conceived by Billy & Hells in the manner of a retrospective diary. The images illustrate events, encounters, remarkable occurrences, or emotional states. Images are dated according to the events they portray. They depict the astronaut’s wife, a teacher, the Loreley, the best friend’s girlfriend, family, boarding school, sexuality, Freddie Mercury, and lots more. »

Based in Berlin, Andreas Oettinger (Munich, 1963) and Anke Linz (Nuremberg, 1965) met in 1986. After having discovered their shared love of photography realized that they were both admirative of Diane Arbus, Arthur Fellong, Lucas Cranach, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, they began cosigning fascinating portraits recognized in 2007 by the National Portrait Gallery of London with the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. Their earliest series, whether about the Wild West inspired from stereotypical images of late 19th century cowboys and cowgirls, or about Nurses, revealed a portrait style of suggestive beauty that the more elliptical, even worrisome series Raum Der Eigene then Blue Moon with its powerful pictorial images, confirmed. In 2010, the duo was present at the Affordable Art Fair of London and at the Utrecht Gallery in Amsterdam for a new exhibition.
In 2011, the contemporary photography magazine Eyemazing featured them on the cover with a portfolio about their Blue Moon series.

Representation :

Current Exhibition :
14.04.12 – 13.05.12
Morren Galleries

Prinsengracht 572 1017
KR Amsterdam
Wednesday to Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00 – Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00

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