Timm Rautert (born 1941) met Josef Sudek for the first time on a study trip to Prague in the spring of 1967. The photography student and the 71-year-old Sudek—who was arguably the most important Czech landscape and still-life photographer of the 20th century and a cult figure in his native country—instantly took to each other, and Rautert began photographing the artist in his studio and at his home. He accompanied him on his strolls in parks in Little Prague on the left bank of the Vltava river as he searched for adequate perspectives, and documented his work process inside and outside the darkroom. First published in 2008, the Sudek series, here compiled in this new volume, is an extraordinary chronicle of a fascinating personality and place in the run-up to the Prague Spring, and marks the beginning of Rautert’s career, during which the portrait and people at work were of particular importance to him.
In 1974 the young Timm Rautert travelled to Pennsylvania to photograph those who would normally not allow themselves to be photographed: the Amish, a group of Anabaptist Protestant communities. Four years later Rautert returned to America, this time to the Hutterites who live so stringently by the Ten Commandments and the bible's restrictions on images that they have their identity cards issued without photographs. Both these two series were influential on Rautert's later work and No Photographing brings them together for the first time.
Published by Steidl & Museum der Bildenden Knste, Leipzig.
Timm Rautert has been an experimental photographer, a photojournalist, a portraitist and, since 1993, a professor. Following his 1974 book, Deutsche in Uniform, recently reissued, he has continued to photograph his countrymen, devoting much of his time to extensive series, including one from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2000. When We Don't See You You Don't See Us Either refers in title to the portraitist's vocation of seeing and being seen, and offers Rautert's career for the same defining scrutiny, a portrait of its own. This definitive portfolio spans more than 35 years of distinguished work, much of which has never before been published for English-language audiences.