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Thomas Ruff

"The reality in front of the camera is reality of the first degree, the image of the reality in front of the camera is reality of the second degree, and after that, there are all possible finer degrees and falsifications."

Thomas Ruff, 2009

Thomas Ruff ranks among the world's most important contemporary artists. His work has been marked up to the present by a considered approach to the means and possibilities of photography with respect to the information contained by images. Ruff began in 1979 to analyze the various genres of photography: from portraiture to architectural and press photography to the nude - looking at them in terms of their visual expressiveness. The breadth of his themes can also be seen in the range of techniques he employs: alongside the analogue and digital exposures he has taken himself and his own computer generated pictures, he also uses photographs from scientific archives, and reworked pictures culled from newspapers, magazines and the internet.

  • cassini

    • Thomas Ruff, cassini 36, 2012

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      42.91 x 42.91 in (109 x 109 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, cassini 40, 2011

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      42.52 x 42.52 in (108 x 108 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, cassini 26, 2009

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      42.52 x 42.52 in (108 x 108 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, cassini 25, 2009

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      42.52 x 42.52 in (108 x 108 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, cassini 15, 2009

      c-print
      42.91 x 42.91 in (109 x 109 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, cassini 11, 2009

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      42.91 x 42.91 in (109 x 109 cm)

  • Interieurs

    • Thomas Ruff, Interieur 5E, 1983

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      8.27 x 11.02 in (21 x 28 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Interieur 5E, 1983

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      8.27 x 11.02 in (21 x 28 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Interieur 9C, 1981

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      11.02 x 8.27 in (28 x 21 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Interieur 6C, 1981

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      11.02 x 8.27 in (28 x 21 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Interieur 1C, 1981

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      8.27 x 11.02 in (21 x 28 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Interieur 6B, 1980

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      8.27 x 11.02 in (21 x 28 cm)

  • jpeg

    • Thomas Ruff, jpeg mo01, 2010

      c-print, diasec face
      95.67 x 74.02 in (243 x 188 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, jpeg ib01, 2006

      c-print, diasec face
      68.5 x 127.56 in (174 x 324 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, jpeg tw01, 2005

      c-print, diasec face
      74.02 x 74.02 in (188 x 188 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, jpeg wd01, 2005

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, jpeg bt01, 2005

      c-print, diasec face
      100 x 74.02 in (254 x 188 cm)

  • m.d.p.n.

    • Thomas Ruff, m.d.p.n. 23, 2002

      c-print, diasec face
      22.44 x 18.5 in (57 x 47 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, m.d.p.n. 19, 2002

      c-print, diasec face
      22.44 x 18.5 in (57 x 47 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, m.d.p.n. 16, 2002

      c-print, diasec face
      22.44 x 18.5 in (57 x 47 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, m.d.p.n. 07, 2002

      c-print, diasec face
      73.23 x 114.17 in (186 x 290 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, m.d.p.n. 01, 2002

      c-print, diasec face
      73.23 x 106.3 in (186 x 270 cm)

  • negative

    • Thomas Ruff, neg◊stil_18, 2015

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      12.2 x 8.66 in (31 x 22 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, neg◊stil_09, 2015

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      11.81 x 8.66 in (30 x 22 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, neg◊nus_44, 2014

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      11.81 x 8.66 in (30 x 22 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, neg◊nus_25, 2014

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      8.66 x 11.81 in (22 x 30 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, neg◊nus_13, 2014

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      8.66 x 11.81 in (22 x 30 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, neg◊artists_02, 2014

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      25.59 x 29.53 in (65 x 75 cm)

  • nudes

    • Thomas Ruff, nudes wg12, 2012

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      57.09 x 47.24 in (145 x 120 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, nudes dh08, 2012

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      59.45 x 43.31 in (151 x 110 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, nudes po15, 2006

      c-print, diasec face
      55.12 x 43.31 in (140 x 110 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, nudes go03, 2006

      c-print, diasec face
      62.2 x 43.31 in (158 x 110 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, nudes br15, 2006

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      57.48 x 43.31 in (146 x 110 cm)

  • photogramm

    • Thomas Ruff, r.phg.08_II, 2015

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      72.83 x 110.63 in (185 x 281 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, r.phg.s.03_I, 2014

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      94.49 x 72.83 in (240 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, phg.08_I, 2014

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      94.09 x 72.44 in (239 x 184 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, phg.02_II, 2014

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      94.09 x 72.44 in (239 x 184 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, r.phg.06_I, 2013

      c-print
      94.49 x 72.83 in (240 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, phg.s.05, 2013

      c-print
      94.09 x 72.44 in (239 x 184 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, r.phg.02_I, 2013

      c-print
      94.49 x 72.83 in (240 x 185 cm)

  • Portraits

    • Thomas Ruff, Porträt (Wieland Schmiedel), 1986

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      84.65 x 64.96 in (215 x 165 cm)

  • press++

    • Thomas Ruff, press++35.63, 2017

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      27.56 x 23.62 in (70 x 60 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++35.68, 2017

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      27.56 x 23.62 in (70 x 60 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++32.64, 2016

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      88.58 x 72.83 in (225 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++02.01, 2015

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      27.56 x 23.62 in (70 x 60 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++45.93, 2015

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      72.83 x 88.58 in (185 x 225 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++28.16, 2015

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      91.34 x 72.83 in (232 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++22.01, 2015

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      89.37 x 72.83 in (227 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++01.82, 2015

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      90.55 x 72.83 in (230 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, press++30.42, 2015

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      27.56 x 23.62 in (70 x 60 cm)

  • Sterne

    • Thomas Ruff, 21h 42m / -20°, 1992

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      102.36 x 74.02 in (260 x 188 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, 20h 00m / -35°, 1992

      c-print, diasec face
      102.36 x 74.02 in (260 x 188 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, 23h 26m / -60°, 1992

      c-print, diasec face
      102.36 x 74.02 in (260 x 188 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, 13h 00m / -40°, 1989

      c-print, diasec face
      102.36 x 74.02 in (260 x 188 cm)

  • Substrat

    • Thomas Ruff, Substrat 36 I, 2007

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      51.18 x 83.07 in (130 x 211 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Substrat 35 III, 2007

      c-print, diasec face
      51.18 x 79.53 in (130 x 202 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Substrat 32 III, 2007

      c-print, diasec face
      100 x 73.23 in (254 x 186 cm)

  • Zeitungsfotos

    • Thomas Ruff, Zeitungsfoto 218, 1991

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      8.27 x 14.57 in (21 x 37 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Zeitungsfoto 326, 1991

      c-print
      7.48 x 14.96 in (19 x 38 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Zeitungsfoto 340, 1991

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      7.09 x 16.54 in (18 x 42 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Zeitungsfoto 398, 1991

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      17.72 x 11.02 in (45 x 28 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, Zeitungsfoto 052, 1990

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      13.78 x 10.24 in (35 x 26 cm)

  • zycles

    • Thomas Ruff, zycles 4078, 2009

      c-print, diasec face
      73.23 x 73.23 in (186 x 186 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, zycles 4084, 2009

      c-print, diasec face
      73.23 x 73.23 in (186 x 186 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, zycles 3048, 2009

      inkjet print on paper
      63.39 x 48.82 in (161 x 124 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, zycles 3052, 2008

      inkjet print on canvas
      92.91 x 150 in (236 x 381 cm)

  • ma.r.s.

    • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s.21, 2011

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s.19, 2011

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s.01_III, 2011

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s.08, 2010

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s.11

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s.18

      c-print, diasec face
      100.39 x 72.83 in (255 x 185 cm)

  • m.n.o.p.

    • Thomas Ruff, m.n.o.p.05, 2013

      c-print
      18.5 x 23.62 in (47 x 60 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, m.n.o.p.07, 2013

      c-print
      18.5 x 23.62 in (47 x 60 cm)

  • w.g.l.

    • Thomas Ruff, w.g.l.02, 2017

      c-print
      16.54 x 23.62 in (42 x 60 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, w.g.l.06, 2017

      c-print
      16.54 x 23.62 in (42 x 60 cm)

  • tripe

    • Thomas Ruff, tripe_05 Rangoon. Signal Pagoda., 2018

      c-print
      48.82 x 63.39 in (124 x 161 cm)

    • Thomas Ruff, tripe_20 Trimium. Umbrella tree, on bank of a tank., 2018

      c-print
      48.82 x 67.32 in (124 x 171 cm)

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