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Thomas Ruff

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Wikipedia*Thomas Ruff (born 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach, Germany), is an internationally renowned German photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf.

During his studies in Düsseldorf, Ruff developed his method of conceptual serial photography. His initial focus was the interiors of German living quarters, with typical features of the 1950s to 1970s. This was followed by similar views of buildings and portraits of friends and acquaintances. These are typically shown with emotionless expressions, in very large, high-resolution passport-style portraits. In a discussion with Philip Pocock (Journal for Contemporary Art, 1993), Ruff mentions a connection between these portraits and the police observation methods in Germany in the 1970s during the German Autumn.

Thomas Ruff's building portraits are likewise serial, and have been edited digitally to remove obstructing details – a typifying method, which gives the images an exemplary character. Of these Ruff notes, "This type of building represents more or less the ideology and economy in the West German republic in the past thirty years."

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