Sunday, November 14, 2010

Living Pictures

Ten Haaf projects recently opened an exhibition "Living Pictures," by Herbert Hoffmann (1919-2010). The show tells the story of Hoffmann's fascination for tattooed people. During the Third Reich, tattooed people were seen as criminals and consequently tattoo culture diminished. After 4 years being held prisoner by the Russians, Hoffmann began to work as a sales agent. Because he traveled a lot Hoffmann met with people that were fascinated by tattoo's as well although the Nazi's had banned them. In 1961 Hoffmann opened a tattoo studio and took a photo of the people he met or worked with. These photos are now a diary of his life. For years he was known as the 'oldest' tattoo artist around. More info on the exhibition here.
Image by Herbert Hoffmann.

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