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
Machine 1410 is taken from Ruff's Machine Series of 2003 consisting of colored prints made from large-format glass negatives of black-and-white images of vintage industrial machinery and tools from the 30s and 40s. Typical of the artist's technique, Ruff worked with found imagery for this series, digitally manipulating the negatives to create fresh, experimental works. The works are akin to the documentary images of industrial structures produced by Ruff's former professors, Bernd and Hilla Becher. The series is in keeping with Ruff's persistent exploration of notions of authenticity, reproduction, and perception.