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Substrat 21 III 2003/19 by Thomas Ruff

Substrat 21 III 2003/19 by Thomas Ruff

Lougher Contemporary

Chromogenic (C-print)


Edition Size: 300

Sheet Size: 32.0 x 45.8 cm


Condition: Pristine

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Thomas Ruff created his groundbreaking Substratum (or ‘Substrat’) series in 2003. This series consists of camera-less photographs made without negatives. Ruff appropriated these images from Japanese anime or Manga from the internet, which often feature intense neon colors. By blurring and superimposing the images, he makes the originals unidentifiable, digitally layering more and more colour until they lost, in his eyes, their quality as ‘photographs.’ Ruff’s Substratum series pushes the boundaries of photography through his use of abstraction, a result of the summation of visual information.

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The Artist

Thomas Ruff

German photographer Thomas Ruff was born in 1958 and lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany. He is from a family of six children and hails from the Black Forest region of Germany. Ruff is renowned for conceptual serial photography and, influenced by the lectures of Benjamin HD Buchloh, he developed his own variation of this technique. He has been called a “master of edited and reimagined images”. While he was a student, Ruff began shooting landscape photographs that drew inspiration from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s, he began to photograph portraits, capturing them in the style of passport headshots, using a camera flash that didn’t have motion blur.

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