Thomas Ruff (born 1958 in Zell am Hammersbach, DE) is a German photographer, currently living and working in Dusseldorf. He studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and later taught there himself. In his early works, Ruff uses black-and-white photography to produce portraits series of his friends and fellow students, who pose for him with emotionless faces, sideways or in profile. In his later series, Ruff… Read more
About the artwork
In Jpegs II, Thomas Ruff digitally manipulates online images using JPEG file compression software and enlarges them to create a pixelated effect. Central to the series is the fluctuating visual effect depending on a viewer's proximity to the works. The imagery in the series ranges from scenes of conflict and disaster, to idyllic landscapes. These 7 images in particular focus on traditional landscapes and ruins, and expose the negative inherently unpredictable impact of mankind on the environment, a leitmotif throughout the series.