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ca. 1931, Archival Pigment Print

ca. 1931

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1966, 2010, Archival Pigment Print

1966, 2010

Archival Pigment Print

29 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches, Edition of 15
45 3/8 x 55 1/8 inches, Edition of 10

1968, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

1968, 2012

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1969, Archival Pigment Print

1969

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1970, Archival Pigment Print

1970

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1972, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

1972, 2012

Archival Pigment Print

29 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches, Edition of 15
45 3/8 x 55 1/8 inches, Edition of 10

1973, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

1973, 2012

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 15

1973/1, Archival Pigment Print

1973/1

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1975, Archival Pigment Print

1975

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1977, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

1977, 2012

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1978, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

1978, 2012

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1978/1, Archival Pigment Print

1978/1

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1979, 2012, Archival Pigment Print

1979, 2012

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8, Edition of 10

1982, Archival Pigment Print

1982

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1985, Archival Pigment Print

1985

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1986, Archival Pigment Print

1986

Archival Pigment Print

39 3/8 x 29 1/2 inches, Edition of 15
55 1/8 x 45 3/8 inches, Edition of 10

1986, 2009, Archival Pigment Print

1986, 2009

Archival Pigment Print

29 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches, Edition of 15
45 3/8 x 55 1/8 inches, Edition of 10

Biography

“Billy & Hells” is the pseudonym for the creative duo comprised of Berlin based photographers Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger. The photographers met in the mid-1980s and shortly after, began collaborating creatively. Since 1995, the two have worked together under the name Billy & Hells. Their namesake expresses the same sense of edginess and mystery that their distinct images depict.

Billy & Hells’ photographs exist in a world of in-betweens. Their deceptively simple, straightforward portraits convey a certain complexity. The archetypal characters depicted in their photographs—mothers, soldiers, cowboys, nurses, and teachers— possess an underlying sense of mystery, hinting at the duality of the sitter as well as the fictional world they inhabit. Although Billy & Hells’ images call upon historical and art historical references, their portraits are not burdened by the stipulations of historical recreations. Instead, seamlessly blending past and present, reality and fantasy, their photographs become a nostalgic diary, purposefully left open for interpretation.

Their portraits combine elaborate, hand-painted backgrounds and draw inspiration from countless samples of fabrics, color compositions, and clothing that generate the distinct mood for each portrait.

Billy & Hells were nominated in 2007 for The National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait. The series “Blue Moon” was recently featured in the photographic quarterly Eyemazing. Their work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger live and work in Berlin.