Uniforms

Marco Bohr


“We know that people are formed by the light and air, by their inherited traits, and their actions. We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled.” - August Sander

Marco Bohr offers a composite portrait of our times in a project that seeks to characterize people by their photographic likeness rather than just by their assumed profession. Having grown up in Germany where since the Third Reich uniforms and uniformity are avoided, even despised, Bohr’s personal attraction towards uniforms was reasoned with curiosity inspired by the apparent categorization of employees and workers in contemporary Japan. Since a uniform can also be interpreted as a byproduct of cultural and sociological background, it is once again in correlation with the things you do and places you visit. Since the uniform is merely uniform, attention is drawn to minute differences in facial expression, stance or posture – in short, to a unique whole. One of Bohr’s photographs from this series graces the cover of this year’s CONTACT magazine.

Artist’s Talk at The Japan Foundation: May 18, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.