MAGAZINE // ARTISTS
"My work is underpinned by concerns with anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism. My aim is to explore the attribution of human characteristics to animals, and the manner in which each of us positions ourselves as the centre of all things. I try to consider the way we shape animals, and we shape their meaning and to illuminate the relationships between human and non human animals and to ask how these relationships occupy anthropocentric space within the contexts of ethics, history, science and politics."
- TIM FLACH
Tim was born in London and studied fine art at Central St Martin's College of Art and Design. He emerged with a fascination for photography which has since led to numerous commissions, awards and solo exhibitions, and a presence in permanent collection and publications around the world. He is best know for the originality that he bring's to capturing animal behaviour and characteristics. In this, he is often exploring the close relationship between humanoids and animals, in particular how humanity imposes and reveals it's ideals when trying to understand and work with animals.
Tim Flach is a master of photography, not only highly skilled and technical on the forefront, but more importantly with the patient eye and tender mind of the all knowing observer, bringing out what striking beauty he knows is hidden in his subjects and stunning the world by creating images breathtaking in their perfection like an old master portrait. In his close-up, highly detailed and intimate photographs of animals he actually manages to capture their raw, spontaneous and un-selfconcious reactions without - and that is so unique- imposing any kind of human emotion or resemblance onto them and the viewer.
His portraits resonate with the viewer, evoking an intimate empathy and understanding in our soul, although never leading us to believe that the animal really is speaking or understanding us in our terms.
Tim Flach understands, cherishes and honours the animal for it being an animal, his photography both poignant and almost sorrowful evoke a feeling of responsibility in the viewer and the striking realisation that we are more than one race on this planet and must respect more than impose and force our human needs, emotions and mind onto others. We applaud a man who does this without words, who by portraying intimately creates distance and harvests respect and awe.