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Portraits of jets at play in the Italian Alps, children posed like adults, and adults bobbing in the sea.

In each picture, photographer Albrecht Tübke toys with where our eyes are drawn and unsettles our experience.

Albrecht Tübke was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1971. His work has been widely exhibited around the world and he has published three monographs, Jugend, Portraits, and Dalliendorf

All images © copyright the artist, all rights reserved.

TMN:

Who does a portrait represent, the subject or the photographer?

Albrecht Tübke:

Portraits are 51% or more the subject. The photographer can do whatever he wants, but more than 49% is not possible.

TMN:

What’s your favorite camera at the moment?

Albrecht Tübke:

I love my Canon 5D with the 85mm 1.2.

TMN:

What’s your favorite time of day?

Albrecht Tübke:

I get up very early in the morning. I love the silence and light during the first hours of the day.

TMN:

Do you enjoy the same music that you liked as a teenager?

Albrecht Tübke:

No. My Nena and “99 Luftballons” days are over.

TMN:

When is the last time you were angry with a piece of art?

Albrecht Tübke:

Five minutes ago. The internet is full of shit.

TMN:

What is your current mood about the future of the Euro?

Albrecht Tübke:

I think in two years it’s finished. I don’t want to know what happens in Europe after the Euro.

TMN:

Is photography closer to painting or sculpture?

Albrecht Tübke:

Generally I would say painting. In my case, sculpture.

TMN:

Coffee or tea?

Albrecht Tübke:

Espresso with a tiny bit of milk and sugar.

TMN:

Is work pleasurable for you?

Albrecht Tübke:

I love to work. I could not survive without it.

TMN:

In your landscapes, the mountains have been around for centuries, but the jets are relatively new. Do you feel an affinity for one or the other?

Albrecht Tübke:

I have a very close relationship to nature, maybe more than my connection to the contemporary world.

TMN:

Name a dead photographer you admire.

Albrecht Tübke:

Diane Arbus.

TMN:

A living photographer?

Albrecht Tübke:

Roger Ballen.

TMN:

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Albrecht Tübke:

Anything else, but too late now… Maybe a collector of good, deep art?

TMN:

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Albrecht Tübke:

I don’t have a favorite restaurant. I love to eat new stuff.

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded The Morning News. He is the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down and You Lost Me There. His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His Kindle e-book for The Morning News Editions, about visiting different American towns called Paris, was selected as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin