Thomas Ruff (b. 1958) is a contemporary German photographer and prominent member of the
Düsseldorf School known for his large-sale, color photographic series of domestic interiors, private sexual acts, and abstract digital compositions. His work is characterized by his use of clear, unembellished imagery.Born in Harmersbach, Germany, he studied photography at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. He began creating his large scale works in the 1980s, photographing building facades and printing them in monumental sizes.He also experimented with altered and appropriated imagery. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at documenta IX in Kassel, and at the Tate in Liverpool, among other venues. The artist currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.