Thomas Ruff, Substrat 21 III


Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958)

Substrat 21 III 2003/19, 2019

Medium: Chromogenic print

Dimensions: 32 脳 45.8 cm (12 3/5 脳 18 in)

Edition of 300: Hand signed and numbered in pencil

Condition: Excellent

In stock

鈥淢y images are not images of reality, but show a kind of second reality, the image of the image鈥. 鈥 Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff聽is a contemporary German photographer who is famed for his critical and conceptual approach to photography. Since the start of his career in the 1970s he has worked exclusively in series. His subjects varying from domestic interiors to portraits to even pornography, all aimed at spurring the imagination. Themes addressed in Thomas Ruff鈥榮 work vary from cosmology to suburbia, and utopianism to catastrophe. His practice investigates the status of the image in contemporary culture, and in so doing, blurs the line between reality and fiction. He uses technological advancements to realize new opportunities in the field of photography and questions the artistic quality and value of photography, and the role of authenticity and appropriation. Thomas Ruff鈥檚 most well-known series is 鈥楶ortraits,鈥 which consists of 60 passport like frontal photographs of people, which are produced on a monumental scale. The emotionless expression of the sitters creates a confrontational and unsettling experience which has become a hallmark of Ruff鈥檚 work.

German, b. 1958, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany. Based in D眉sseldorf.

Thomas Ruff, Substrat 21 III

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