Thomas Ruff: Neg

For the works in this series, Ruff inverts existing photographs into negatives. As the artist notes: “The negative, with which I have worked for more than twenty-five years and used nearly every day, has almost disappeared thanks to digital photography.... [It] was actually never considered for itself, it was always only a means to an end. It was the ‘master’ from which the photographic print was made, and I think it is worth looking at these ‘masters’.... [I turned] photographs into negatives in order to see their photographic reality reversed.” 1

1 Thomas Ruff, cited in "On Photograms and Negatives: Thomas Ruff and Wenzel S. Spingler in Conversation with Valeria Liebermann," Thomas Ruff: photograms and negatives. Exh. cat. (Beverly Hills: Gagosian Gallery, 2014), pp. 15-16.

A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled neg◊marey_02, dated 2016.

Thomas Ruff

neg◊marey_02, 2016
Chromogenic print
Image: 8 3/4 x 12 3/8 inches (22.2 x 31.4 cm)
Framed: 27 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches (70.5 x 60.3 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled neg◊marey_04, dated 2016.

Thomas Ruff

neg◊marey_04, 2016
Chromogenic print
Image: 8 3/4 x 12 3/8 inches (22.2 x 31.4 cm)
Framed: 27 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches (70.4 x 60.4 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled neg◊lesecq_11, dated 2016.

Thomas Ruff

neg◊lesecq_11, 2016
Chromogenic print
Image: 11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches (29 x 22 cm)
Framed: 28 x 24 inches (71 x 61 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled neg◊nus_01, dated 2014.

Thomas Ruff

neg◊nus_01, 2014
Chromogenic print
Image: 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches (22. x 29 cm)
Framed: 23 7/8 x 27 3/4 inches (60.6 x 70.5 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled neg◊india_02, dated 2014.

Thomas Ruff

neg◊india_02, 2014
Chromogenic print
Framed: 27 3/4 x 23 7/8 inches (70.5 x 60.6 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled neg◊nus_36, dated 2014.

Thomas Ruff

neg◊nus_36, 2014
Chromogenic print
23 7/8 x 27 3/4 inches (60.6 x 70.5 cm)
Image: 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches (22. x 29 cm)

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