There are a small handful of living photographers whose vision, skill, and daring elevates them above their peers to legendary status. And then there is Wolfgang Tillmans. The German photographer, known for his relentless experimentation and unmistakable vitality, allows us mere mortals to see the world through his eyes in a monumental retrospective at MoMA. Despite its stature, Tillman’s work retains a poetic intimacy. This mix of grandeur and familiarity is in large part what makes Tillmans so good. Our trying times have pushed him to an increasing insistence on political themes. And in Tillman’s hands, the camera once again shows itself to be a powerful force for justice, compassion, and humanity.