Thomas Ruff

Photography Centre, Rooms 99 – 101

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Every photograph is a scientific statement, and like a scientist I have to prove in a photograph that my statement is correct.

Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff (born 1958) is one of the world's most prolific fine artists using photography. His work continually challenges the processes, techniques and concepts of the medium. Ruff often creatively edits and manipulates a wide variety of photographic images made by others to reimagine their possibilities.

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Photo of Tripe_01 (Amerapoora. Mohdee Kyoung), by Thomas Ruff (b. 1958), C-type print, 2018. Museum no. E.830-2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery
Tripe_01 (Amerapoora. Mohdee Kyoung), by Thomas Ruff (b. 1958), C-type print, 2018. Museum no. E.830-2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery

Photo of Tripe_17 (Trichinopoly. Street view, the rock in the distance), Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type print, 2018. © Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery
Tripe_17 (Trichinopoly. Street view, the rock in the distance), Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type print, 2018. © Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery

Photo of Blue Eyes L.C./B.E., Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type print, 1991. Museum no. E.96-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery
Blue Eyes L.C./B.E., Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type print, 1991. Museum no. E.96-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery

Photo of Blue Eyes C.F./B.E., Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type print, 1991. Museum no. E.99-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery
Blue Eyes C.F./B.E., Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type print, 1991. Museum no. E.99-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery

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Background image: Blue Eyes series (left to right) Blue Eyes L.C./B.E.| Blue Eyes M.V./B.E. | Blue Eyes M.B./B.E. | Blue Eyes C.F./B.E., Thomas Ruff (b. 1958). C-type prints, 1991. Museum no. E.96 to 99-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Courtesy of Thomas Ruff and David Zwirner Gallery