Influence or Coincidence: Lothar Wolleh and the Simplicity of Symmetry

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You’d think it would be an easy job to find portraits of people standing (or sitting) bang in the centre of a black and white photo, right? Well, think again! This week’s installment of Influence or Coincidence, dealing with the symmetrical portrait photography of Lothar Wolleh, was webo29’s toughest to date. But he’s managed (sort of).

Lothar Wolleh – Jean Tinguely, Silbergelatine auf Barytpapier, Nachlass-Stempel Estate Lothar Wolleh, signiert, betitelt nummeriert verso durch den Nachlass via f56.net

German photographer Lothar Wolleh’s photos are instantly recognisable. More often than not, they will consist of a black and white square format shot with the subject standing full body and fully frontal at the centre with of the picture. The background it also often chosen for its symmetry.

Lothar Wolleh – Gotthard Graubner, 0, 40 × 40 cm Silbergelatine auf Barytpapier Nachlass-Stempel Estate Lothar Wolleh, signiert, betitelt nummeriert verso durch den Nachlass via ""f56.net":http://f56.net
Lothar Wolleh – Joseph Beuys o.T. (aus “Unterwasserbuch”), 1971 Silbergelatine auf Barytpapier Vintage via f56.net

Wolleh is best known for the portraits of artists he shot; including Henry Moore, Joseph Beuys, George Baselitz, Christo, Man Ray and René Magritte (there’s plenty more also). His portraits of German businessman, or man of management, as they are described on his website are equally captivating. There is something in the portraits of Wolleh which I find completely enthralling. I suspect that it has something to do with the unequivocally clean symmetry;.

Lothar Wolleh – Edward Kienholz, 1975 Silbergelatine auf Barytpapier Vintage, Stempel Lothar Wolleh Estate verso via f56.net
Lothar Wolleh – Günther Uecker Silbergelatine auf Barytpapier Nachlass-Stempel Estate Lothar Wolleh, signiert, betitelt nummeriert verso durch den Nachlass via f56.net

But without further ado, here are the lomographs which made this week’s cut. As I said, it was very difficult; I flipped through almost 5,500 photos to find these! Many of us seem to prefer having their subjects off centre, not to mention colour and format.

Congratulations all. Especially to mikahsupageek.

Credits: denizberkin, rewd, welland & eyecon

Influence or Coincidence by Fabrizio Soler is all about how very often, one thing reminds of something else, and how some photos on Lomography recall those of well-established, world-class photographers.

written by webo29 on 2012-04-16 in #lifestyle #artists #b-w #art #lomography #influence-or-coincidence #symmetry #square #regular-contributors #analogue-lifestyle #portraits #lothar-wolleh

6 Comments

  1. panpriatel
    panpriatel ·

    great article!
    just translating it now.
    square, blac'n'white symetry.... that goes together.
    there is one of mine...
    www.lomography.com/homes/panpriatel/photos/12471425

  2. webo29
    webo29 ·

    Congrats to @mikahsupageek, @denizberkin, @rewd, @welland, and @eyecon

  3. webo29
    webo29 ·

    Thanks @panpriatel

  4. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Thanks so much to @webo29 and congratz to @denizberkin, @rewd, @welland, and @eyecon

  5. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Wow....i feel very honored...Congratulations to @mikahsupageek, @denizberkin, @rewd, @welland,

  6. welland
    welland ·

    Cheers mate

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