Published on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, Timm Rautert and the Lives of Photography is an ambitious retrospective of his diverse artistic œuvre. The book spans a half century of photography: from Rautert’s experimental beginnings as a student of Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen in the late 1960s, to the methodical research of his “image-analytical photography” in the mid-1970s; from his freelance work as a visual storyteller with his congenial partner Michael Holzach for ZEITmagazin, to his turn away from journalism in the early 1990s towards the long-term documentation of changes in the world of work caused by industrial automation, and his artistic theoretical image formations made while professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig between 1993 and 2008.
Timm Rautert and the Lives of Photography is the most comprehensive publication of Rautert’s work to date, combining extensive photo series—some unpublished till now—with six essays and an annotated biography.
Co-published with Museum Folkwang, Essen
Museum Folkwang, Essen, 19 February to 16 May 2021
Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, València, 2023
Born in 1941 in Tuchel, West Prussia, Timm Rautert studied photography with Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen in the 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he mainly concentrated on photojournalism and documentary work, and in 1993 was appointed professor of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where he taught until 2008. In the same year, he was the first photographer to receive the Lovis Corinth Prize. His books with Steidl include When We Don’t See You, You Don’t See Us Either (2007), No Photographing (2011), Josef Sudek, Prague 1967 (2016), Vintage (2017), Germans in Uniform (2018), Anfang/Beginnings (2019) and Bildanalytische Photographie / Image-Analytical Photography, 1968–1974 (2020).
Timm Rautert: Timm Rautert and the Lives of Photography
Text by: Bertram Kaschek, Nicole Mayer-Ahuja, Jürgen Müller, Sophie-Charlotte Opitz, Gisela Parak, Thomas Seelig, Steffen Siegel, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler.
Published by Steidl
Book Design: Helmut Völter
520 pages, 332 images
6.75 x 9.5 in. / 17 x 24 cm
US$ 65.00 / € 48.00