Tamir Sher, israeli contemporary photographer, presents new work in progress on his Blog and Creative&Live has asked him few questions about it and more generally about his work. For more than ten years, Tamir Sher exhibited all around the world, took part in exhibitions featuring many artists and we are very honored being able to interview him.
Creative&Live: What are your influences and in your mind, what are the main lines that you follow? (photographer, philosopher, painter, musician…)
Tamir Sher: I appreciate Artist that devoted also to contemporary times with consideration to the pass. Japanese photographers like Hiroshi Sugimoto and Yasumasa Morimura have impacted my work for their commitment and respect to their tradition. The Russian photographer Boris Michaelov for his doubtful humanism. The cinematographer Nikita Michlkov who is condense the history and culture of Russia throw the eyes of his little daughter Anna. It is very depressed but with hope. In literature Don Delillo is a good example of wide angle point of view with mixing layers of subjects to achieve an epic scene.
C&L: Could you explain, your evolution and your different works stages?
T. Sher: Because I start taking photograph when I was 8-9 years old (seriously!!) somewhere in the mid 70s and develop and print my own black and white photos I was grew up with the medium and some of my changes were equivalent to the changes in the medium himself. The changes and developing in technology as well as the perception of the visual language.
From the black and white series of the “garbage mountain” and “openings” as well as in “objects” and "refills" where I explore and take pictures of sites and things from my closet area and charge them with metaphysics meanings and emphasize the blacks area as indicator of the world underneath and unconscious. The same use of black can be seen again in later series “mars” and “after mars” I always discover theme that connect my works from different periods, which I was not aware of at the time.
C&L: About your work in progress, I’m interested in layered photos. You take two subjects which are very different and create something new, do you want to captivate and develop the public’s imagination?
T. Sher:The new set “works in progress” are a collage works. I combined archaic illustrates pages from an Old Russian encyclopedia (which I found in the garbage close to my studio in Tel Aviv) with portraits from recently although the two different objects seems not to be linked with each other in fact they are deeply connected in that they belong to the same metaphoric and aesthetic order. It is precisely what forces me in a sense, to combine the two in the same woven work. But until I discover the theme there is a long process of searching in what I call “laboratory of images” that I feel I have in my studio.
C&L: In my opinion, the superimposed creations are dreams or unconscious representations but it’s my interpretation and maybe your first idea was just esthetic and formal?
T. Sher: At The foundation of each work there is the aesthetic and the formal consideration, but the building up of layers, the mixing up of themes and images achieved like stumbling of a blind man which is to say I submit to guidance from deep sources within. But I’m trying to orchestrate the all process.
C&L: In your set, I’m surprise by the textures (crystalline, matt, dusky, smooth, dark, diffused…) especially in “Objects” and “Mars”. Are textures and materials an important point of your search?
T. Sher: Of course textures are one of the important elements in my works. Not only by the meaning of the surface but more of the quality of the atmosphere.
For me the balance between the subject and the meaning of each piece established by the way I wrapped it up with the texture (color, smoothness…)
C&L: What are your next projects?
T. Sher: I’m always working parallel on different projects when I am stuck with one I continue with something else and push it a bit forward.
In the reproduction works I doing there is two different method of taking the pictures, sometimes I’m out of my studio taking pictures of things that maybe Ill use later in collage works and also looking for new source and method for the illustrated pages.
Thanks a lot Tamir, we have appreciate the easiness of our exchange.
Thanks Nat for your help.