For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his camera, people, whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin, Teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves at the moment when the image is made.
co-published with Boehm-Kobayashi