Detail from 'Flash', 2011 (c) Frank Schallmaier

Frank Schallmaier 
*1977 in Venray
lives in Amsterdam

Frank Schallmaier started collecting and categorizing pictures from various gay social media almost ten years ago. He focuses on the straightforward communication of amateur photographers who don’t seem to care about technique or composition. Technology and its online platforms are encouraging communication through images; faces of online profiles are deleted by flash or hidden behind the growing barrage of technological appliances where people mainly interact through images, often defaced by technology. The newly created composition, which appears to have no artistic merit, fulfills the task at hand regardless and becomes the signature of the time.