Tobias Titz: Polaroids 1998 - 2018

Tobias Titz: Polaroids 1998 - 2018

An exhibition of photographic works by MADA lecturer Tobias Titz.

Tobias Titz’s collaborative Polaroid project has both an aesthetic and an ethical dimension, each enabled by the special properties of Polaroid technology. Titz takes two photos: the first is a portrait; the second an identical shot, taken a moment later, after the subject has walked out of the frame. This yields four images: a print and a negative of each shot. Titz hands the second, empty negative to his subject. What (s)he scribes into the wet, coalescing emulsion is as open as the image itself: a sketch, a piece of folk wisdom, a comment on the process. In addition to sharing authorship in the final diptych, the subject also receives from Titz the original portrait print.

The exhibition shows images from the beginning of the project in Germany to new influences in Australia.

Tobias has won the International Polaroid Award in 2000, the Head on Portrait Prize in 2008, the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize in 2012 and the Art Handlers Award at the National Portrait Prize in 2017. He has exhibited his work extensively in Australia and Germany. To read more about Tobias's work please visit tobiastitz.de