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 ma.r.s., Thomas Ruff sourced his photographs from NASA before digitally transforming them, altering their perspective, and infusing them with color. The photographer demonstrated an affinity for astronomy from an early age, first selecting it as his subject matter in 1989 with the series Sterne—large-scale images of the night sky produced using a specially designed telescopic lens by the European Southern Observatory in Chile.ma.r.s. marks the first series where the artist experimented with 3D image-making. Some of these prints are able to be viewed with 3D eyeware in order to heighten their dramatic effect.