Artist features

Paul Hutchinson

In his photographic practice and in his writing, Paul Hutchinson (*1987 in Berlin, GER) considers phenomena of modern day urban life such as contemporary youth culture and conditions of social mobility.

All images Courtesy by the artist, Galerie Russi Klenner, Berlin, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich and Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

In his work we encounter moments of intimacy and fragility, situations of everyday life, and references to coming of age in an urban environment. While Hutchinson’s images maintain both a poetic and a documentary aesthetic, his protagonists come in multiple forms: Social-housing architecture, clothing, mirrors in train stations, butterflies, cobblestones, and, again and again, the individual with all his vulnerability, fallibility and not least his beauty. In his publications and his exhibitions the artist combines these various motifs and groups of work with each other and by doing so creates a unique characterisation of inner city culture.

Questions of social inequality and class are key to Hutchinson’s practice – both in his images and his writing. By, for example, combining high-resolution images with low-resolution, self made, mobile phone photographs, or by consciously using colloquial language in his texts, he employs a particular rhetoric which enables access to as much as a dialog between various social groups. Oscillating between a playful curiosity, poetry and political statement, this specific type of artistic production allows new images of our times to be created.

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