About Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff (born 10 February 1958) is a German photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. He shares a studio on Düsseldorf's Hansaallee, with other German photographers Laurenz Berges, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte (de).[1] The studio, a former municipal electricity station, was converted between 1998 and 2000 by architects Herzog & de Meuron, of Tate Modern fame, and updated with a basement gallery in 2011.
Since the 1990s, Ruff has been using digital processing in his work, as seen in series such as nudes and jpeg, which consist of manipulated versions of widely circulated images from the Internet. Other series include cassini and ma.r.s., which are made up of digitally processed photographs of astral bodies such as Mars that were taken with a space probe. In these series, Ruff sets out to restructure images using materials that were shot by other people. By consistently identifying the elements of information and expression that are a unique aspect of the photographic medium, Ruff has continually upended our preconceived notions about photography. Ruff has also worked as an educator, accepting a teaching post at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2000 and remained at the school until 2006.
Having held exhibitions throughout the world, Ruff is now one of the preeminent contemporary German photographers. In addition to participating in international exhibitions such as documenta 9 (1992) and the Venice Biennale (1995), he staged a retrospective of his work that traveled around Europe from 2001 to 2004, and a large-scale solo show at the Haus der Kunst (Munich) in 2012.