Tyrants + Lederhosen
Size: 23x29,2 cm
The Hilton Brothers
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The Hilton Brothers are the photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg. Their name derives from the Hilton Sisters, the Siamese twins who were vaudeville stars in the 1930s, and, of course, from the living sisters who are heiresses of the Hilton Hotels fortune. La Fábrica publishes Tyrants + Lederhosen, the first retrospective of this singular artistic pair.
Makos is a photographer consecrated thanks to the portraits he did of many of the most important icons of the 20th century, like Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, and Man Ray. Solberg is a rising talent who became famous with The Bloom Book (2005), in which he brings together a collection of his photographs of flowers.
This inaugural collaborative monograph of Makos and Solberg as The Hilton Brothers took shape as a photographic travel diary collecting works done by both artists between 2004 and 2011. Tyrants and Lederhosen opens with differentiated chapters drawing from the work of each photographer in a kind of preface to their anthropological collaboration in which they document and narrate their journeys through America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
The brothers use their cameras like paintbrushes to capture the details of shadows and lights, converting the ordinary into the extraordinary. They thus open a new window onto known and unknown worlds. From the Far East to the Middle East, Europe, and America, all the worlds clash in dramatic dissonance in this essential photographic documentary of our times. Through their photographs, the duo unconsciously explains the contradictions and obsessions of the myth.
About the Hilton Brothers
When they united in 2004 to create the Hilton Brothers, American culture and art were in a moment in which the banal was vaunted as an aesthetic; it was a moment in which flight and distance were sought through frivolity as a means of forgetting hard and difficult times, as wartime always is.
The Hilton Brothers maintain that their art is not a form of political critique, rather that they frame it as their desire to produce objects that respond to the traditional idea of what was popularly recognized as pretty.
Christopher Makos worked with Andy Warhol and collaborated with Man Ray; the sophistication and irony of the Hilton Brothers are of a part with what they recognize as their influences. Paul Solberg, a student of anthropology, not only shares with Makos an identification with how he sees the world, but he also believes in the concept of collecting snippets of the world while traveling through it.