Overview

Flach's work is exclusively focused on animals, ranging widely across species but united by a distinctive style that is derived from his concerns with anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism. His interests lie in the way "We shape animals, and we shape their meaning. Whether genetically, as with the featherless chicken of my photograph, or with the symbolism that gives a special significance to a dove but dismisses a London pigeon as a flying rat." He states that his images "aim to illuminate the relationships between human and animals, to make an enquiry into how these relationships occupy the anthropocentric space within the contexts of ethics, history, science and politics."

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"In the simplest sense, I enjoy the controlled chaos of shooting animals. I am also interested in the perceptual divide between sentient beings. There is a sense of awe and wonderment and there is always an uncertainty about what will reveal itself on set. I like to encourage thoughts about how we see each other."

Tim Flach is a graduate of St. Martins School of Art where he studied Photography & Painted Structures. With decades of experience undertaking commissions for clients including National Geographics, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, Stern Magazine, Gore Tex and Hermes, Tim Flach’s technical expertise and uniquely innovative approach to photographing animals has positioned him at the forefront of his field, helping to define this arena of photography as we know it.

 

In his internationally acclaimed personal projects Equus, Dogs Gods, More Than Human, and more recently, Endangered, he has demonstrated an unparalleled understanding of how we read and respond to images of the natural world that continues to inform all areas of his practice. Possessing an enduring ability to challenge, surprise and provoke, Flach’s work provides a unique glimpse into the extraordinary nature and complexity of our relationship with animals.

 

Tim Flach’s work is regularly exhibited in international solo and group shows and held in the permanent collections of Miami Modern Art Museum and Citadel in Berlin. He has received numerous awards from the leading photographic organisations and publications including The International Photography Awards (Professional Photographer of the Year, Fine Art); D&AD (Silver); Creative Review Photography Annual (Best in Book); Communication Arts Photography Annual (Best in Book), Art Director’s Club, and 3 Gold Cannes Lions. He has been on the board of awards including WildLife Photographer of the Year, D&AD, and Hasselblad Masters, and invited to lecture at universities worldwide.Tim Flach was born in 1958 in London, United-Kingdom, where he still lives and works.

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