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Philip Toledano

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The New York based photographer’s exhibition ‘A Fleeting Sense of Happiness’ is showing at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden until 25 September 2016.

The photographs of Phillip Toledano (born 1968) explore those aspects of life most of us prefer to banish from our thoughts: old age, mortality, and the act of bidding farewell. Drawing on personal experiences, the artist actively seeks to engage with these existential themes. In meticulously staged photographic series, he explores the human condition with a great deal of seriousness, but also with self-irony, imagination and a degree of playfulness.

Toledano’s photographs are distinguished by a subtly powerful imagery, capable of evoking equally powerful emotions in the viewer. On closer examination it becomes apparent that the majority of his images share a common trait: they tell  of our longing for happiness – and its fleeting nature.

The exhibition consists of six series, encompassing a total of approximately 160 photographs taken between 2001 and 2015. The works on display are complemented by Joshua Seftel’s documentary feature ‘The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano’ (2015).

For further information visit:  German Hygiene Museum

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