Thomas Ruff’s beautiful and often detached artworks pull back the curtain on the deceptions and limitations of photography—but also reveal its astonishing possibilities too. His search for new directions in photographic expression is enormous, spanning digital internet jpegs, NASA space images, even old photographs.
Born in Zell am Hammersbach in Germany, Thomas Ruff lives and works in Dusseldorf, sharing the same studio complex as… 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.