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Artist: WOWE

Wolfgang Wesener, in art known as Wowe, was born in 1960 in Cologne, Germany. His production is characterized as purely portraiture since the very beginning: in his photographs he immortalize icons of the 80s and 90s culture and pop world with a strong compositive sense that conveys the subject’s very particular personality.

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From 1981 to 1984 he studied Communication Design at the Folkwangschule in Essen where he was a pupil of Inghe Osswald: this training clearly emerges in the communicative ability of his shots. He began photographing in that period, while working for the music magazine Spex.

In 1984, as soon as he finished his degree, he moved to New York becoming assistant to two photographers of European origin who introduced him to the world of documentary photography: Hans Namuth and Evelin Hofer, who at that time edited New York Nightlife, a column for Details Magazine. In the Big Apple environment Wowe published his shoots in Vanity Fair, New York Times, Tempo, Stern, London Observer and Telegraph Magazine.

1986 marks the beginning of a twelve-year collaboration with FAZ-Magazine, the weekly supplement of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. For this publication Wowe portrayed personalities of the contemporary artistic, intellectual and musical world, such as Andy Warhol, Frank Zappa, Philip Johnson, Susan Sontag , Keith Haring, William Burroughs, Run-DMC, IM Pei and Merce Cunningham, outlining the pop world of the 80s, where the innovative and experimental personalities of the previous decades achieved full recognition and media notoriety.

In 1990 he moved with his family to Northern Italy, to Bassano del Grappa and Cavaso del Tomba, where he continued to work for American, British and German publications, also accepting private assignments and at the same time following personal projects. He currently lives in New York.

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  • WOWE, Morrissey, musician, Liverpool, 1984
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  • WOWE, Emil Schumacher, artist, Bochum, 1997
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  • WOWE, Gianni Versace, Fashion Designer, Milan, 1989
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  • WOWE, Mia Farrow, Actress, Bridwater (Connecticut), 2008
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  • WOWE, John Cage, Composer, New York
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  • Siegfried & Roy, Magicians, Las Vegas, 1990
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  • WOWE, Bruce Willis, Actor, New York, 1985
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  • WOWE, Dog
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