With his photographs of a leisure and media culture, Wolfgang Zurborn takes us into an idiosyncratic, whimsical world of images in which scenes and objects of everyday life seem to be out of kilter. After his book Karma Driver (Fotohof edition 2018), in Playtime the artist once again pushes the fragmentation of the image content and tries to break with routine image ideas with radical cut-outs, surprising compositions and unusual perspectives.
The photographer dedicates his book to the filmmaker Jacques Tati, whom he discovered for himself in his student days in the 1980s. With his humorous and at the same time critical view of the everyday world with all its contradictions, he is a great source of inspiration for him. For Zurborn, one of the essential parallels to Tati's film Playtime in his pictorial montages is not so much the obvious punch line, but the excerpt-like interaction of different pictorial levels. By taking away the context, condensation through reflections, window views and juxtapositions,
a kind of everyday surrealism emerges. In the accompanying booklet, Zurborn talks with the American photo critic Bill Kouwenhoven.
Wolfgang Zurborn, *1956 in Ludwighafen, Germany. Lives and works in Cologne.