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Thomas Ruff

Nude ap14, 2001

Color iris print on rag paper
15 7/10 × 11 4/5 in
40 × 30 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
£1,000 - 2,500
location
Bristol
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Lougher Contemporary
Bristol
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Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) is an internationally-renowned photographer who lives and works in …

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Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) is an internationally-renowned photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf. Ruff studied photography from 1977 to 1985 with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Thomas Ruff tests the limits of the photographic medium in his series of digitally-altered pornographic …

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Hand signed and numbered in pencil on verso
Thomas Ruff
German, b. 1958
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Thomas Ruff uses technological advancements to realize new visual possibilities of photography and question its artistic qualities. “I don’t believe in the psychologizing portrait photography that my colleagues do, trying to capture the character with a lot of light and shade,” he says. “That’s absolutely suspect to me. I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance.” In the manner of the typologies and straight photography espoused by his teachers Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ruff’s best-known series is “Portraits” (1981-85), 60 frontal, identically framed photographs of expressionless men and women blown up to a monumental size. Authenticity and appropriation are of recurring interest to Ruff—he further explored these ideas in “Nudes” (2003), a photographic collection of distorted and enlarged thumbnails of pornographic photographs taken from the internet, and has produced series based on 3-D mathematical renderings, archival images of war and the night sky, and the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.

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Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) is an internationally-renowned photographer who lives and works in …

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Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) is an internationally-renowned photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf. Ruff studied photography from 1977 to 1985 with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Thomas Ruff tests the limits of the photographic medium in his series of digitally-altered pornographic …

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Signature
Hand signed and numbered in pencil on verso
Thomas Ruff
German, b. 1958
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Thomas Ruff uses technological advancements to realize new visual possibilities of photography and question its artistic qualities. “I don’t believe in the psychologizing portrait photography that my colleagues do, trying to capture the character with a lot of light and shade,” he says. “That’s absolutely suspect to me. I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance.” In the manner of the typologies and straight photography espoused by his teachers Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ruff’s best-known series is “Portraits” (1981-85), 60 frontal, identically framed photographs of expressionless men and women blown up to a monumental size. Authenticity and appropriation are of recurring interest to Ruff—he further explored these ideas in “Nudes” (2003), a photographic collection of distorted and enlarged thumbnails of pornographic photographs taken from the internet, and has produced series based on 3-D mathematical renderings, archival images of war and the night sky, and the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.

Thomas Ruff

Nude ap14, 2001

Color iris print on rag paper
15 7/10 × 11 4/5 in
40 × 30 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
£1,000 - 2,500
location
Bristol
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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