November 17, 2012


THE HILTON BROTHERS: Tyrants and Lederhosen

Photographer's  Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg (a.k.a. the Hilton Brothers) break new ground with this modern take on the photo travelogue.  After 7 years traveling the globe as non-traditional  'photo-anthropologists', the duo captures a raw candor with their pictures, void of restraint and self-consciousness.

The duo are storytellers through their photographs, seeming to unconsciously explore the contradictions and obsessions of Myth.

It is an artistic collaboration like no other. Two photographers in an intense collaboration over several years;  one with a legendary resume photographing many of the 20th Centuries biggest pop icons, such as Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Man Ray;  the other a rising creative talent; fearless, borderless, with fresh eyes, known firstly for his seductive flower portraits. 

In their process of making art, The Hilton Brothers are also an experiment in collaboration.

Tyrants and Lederhosen begins with compelling sections of the individual artists' works, and progresses with the interplay of both artists photographs together, which leads into the entire series of Hilton Brothers works, which has been exhibited throughout the world, most notably the Hilton Brothers "one man" show at la Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid (2009) under the direction of Jose Guirao.  T and L is also the first- ever published Hilton Brothers complete anthology of editioned Hilton Brothers work from 2004 to 2011.

The Brothers use their cameras as their paintbrush as much as to document; details of shadows and light, suggesting the ordinary as extraordinary. They open a new window on both familiar and unfamiliar worlds.  From the Far East to the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, all worlds collide into dramatic dissonance in this seminal photographic document of our time. 

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.  -Ryunosuke Satoro

It's been a long time we've seen this level of intense collaboration from an art duo.  I don't think we've ever seen a document of two photographers walking the same path for an 8 period; different eyes on the same walk.  It's fascinating.  -Fredrik Larsson


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