Linus Bill

Linus Bill isn't really a photographer anymore, which must be disconcerting for the curators currently featuring his work at the New York Photo Festival, the Hyeres Festival of Fashion and Photography in France and the FOAM Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam. Asked to present his work at FOAM, the Bienne, Switzerland-based Bill didn't ship the museum a batch of framed glossy color images. He showed up with carpentry tools. "We built a model in the space on a scale of one foot for 10 feet–it was a miniature model of an exhibition," he says. And even though he filled his tiny gallery with postage stamp-sized photos, "It wasn't even about the images." The approach wasn't what he had originally intended for the exhibition, but rather, a solution that appeared to him at the spur of the moment. "I didn't like the room they gave me for my exhibition, but I liked other rooms in the museum. So I built a miniature model of those other rooms. It was such a stupid idea because it was so much work....But when I send people the installation shots, everyone thinks it was a big exhibition. So it worked!"


Bill says he stumbled across this deliberately unfinished approach in part because he was terrible at printing his own photographs. "My friend had a small printing machine that would only do rough mono-color prints," he recalls. The mimeograph-style printer "Wasn't meant for photographs, but I really liked how it looked. The images were so simple once they had been brought down to one color. It was more superficial, maybe, but it took them away from the real world and more into my own world." Suddenly snowflakes looked like red or blue polka dots and "It was more about the image itself and not so much about the subject [of the photograph]."

-words from Interview Magazine