Regarded as one of Germany’s earliest media artists, Rudolf Bonvie is best known for his digital assemblages of film stills, media images, and fashion photographs, placed alongside his own photographs. While largely focused on the various ways images are used to both inform and manipulate the public, more recently Bonvie has turned his attention directly to the internet. He creates what he calls “tumblrworks”—a combination of his own images and those culled from the social media website, Tumblr (see his own Tumblr here). Lacking any narrative structure or formal system of ordering his images, Bonvie draws attention to the medium, its digital distribution, and their impact on the viewer.
Bonvie makes you feel as if the photo is breathing, you can sense the movement of the hands, the face is responding to you. Communication is delicate and possible with still photographs but only with Bonvie.