More Than Human
More Than Human is the title of the latest series of photographs by Tim Flach and also the title of his newly published book. This is Flach’s third book. His first two are the highly acclaimed, Equus and Dogs.
“Tim Flach was born in London in 1958 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, solo exhibitions, and a presence in permanent collections and publications around the world. He is best known for the originality that he brings to capturing animal behavior and characteristics. In this, he is often exploring the close relationship between humans and animals, in particular how humanity imposes and reveals its ideals when trying to understand and work with animals.”
Not sure how he does it but Flack brings to his photographs an high tech, studio aesthetic. Each and every hair and wrinkle is in focus, the light, never blinding, but turning his subjects into highly conceived still lifes even though they are anything but. His studio assistants job description must include a “loves animals” clause and or “animal wrangler experience preferred.” Flach is if anything an amazing portraitist, making these animals totemic and invoking something of their wildness and unknowability.