Alastair Thain

Joseph Beuys, London, 1984

Alastair Thain wanted to make a portrait of Beuys that reflected his great love for the natural world, and his fellow humans. “I chose to photograph Beuys with a White Carnation, because of its historic symbolism with the bonds of affection, innocence, energy, and love. All qualities I associated with Beuys.”

Beuys’ died shortly after the photograph was made. The facial expressions documented in the photographs, made shortly before Beuys’ death reveal and capture a sense of the fragility of life, expressed in the human face.

"To be a teacher is my greatest work of art. The rest is the waste product, a demonstration. If you want to express your- self you must present something tangible. But after a while this has only the function of a historic document. Objects aren’t very important any more. I want to get to the origin of matter, to the thought behind it."

Joseph Beuys in conversation with Alastair Thain Capri

Edition of 7 in 42 in x 34.4 in or 72 in x 59 in

Archival pigment print

Signed & thumb print by Alastair Thain