Thomas Ruff: anderes Porträt (Other Portraits)

In 1992, while conducting research into the issue of “composite faces,” Ruff came across the so-called Minolta Montage Unit, a device used by several German State Criminal Police Offices in the 1970s to create identikit images by using mirror optics to splice four portrait photos into a single new portrait. While Ruff had previously tried to reconstruct faces, he now found it more interesting to construct artificial faces not taken from reality but nevertheless conceivable. He wanted to address this type of image manipulation, which recurs throughout the history of photography, without actually using one of the techniques in question. Ruff borrowed a Minolta Montage Unit from the Polizeihistorische Sammlung (Police History Collection) in Berlin and combined two of his own portrait photos in each case to create a new portrait. He then photographed the new image made in this way and used the slide as the basis for a silkscreen.
—adapted from texts related to Thomas Ruff: Metaphotographie at MAMC, 2022

A print by Thomas Ruff, titled anderes Porträt Nr. 101/6, 1994 to 1995.

Thomas Ruff

anderes Porträt Nr. 101/6, 1994-1995
Silkscreen on paper
28.94 x 21.65 inches (73.5 x 55 cm)
A print by Thomas Ruff, titled anderes Porträt Nr. 122/113, 1994 to 1995.

Thomas Ruff

anderes Porträt Nr. 122/113, 1994-1995
Silkscreen on paper
30 5/8 x 23 3/4 inches (77.7 x 60.3 cm)
A print by Thomas Ruff, titled anderes Porträt Nr. 109A/32, dated in 1994 and 1995.

Thomas Ruff

anderes Porträt Nr. 109A/32, 1994/1995
Silkscreen print on Schöller-Durex paper
29 x 21 5/8 inches (73.5 x 55 cm)
A print by Thomas Ruff, titled anderes Porträt Nr. 143/131, dated in 1994 and 1995.

Thomas Ruff

anderes Porträt Nr. 143/131, 1994/1995
Silkscreen print on Schöller-Durex paper
29 x 21 5/8 inches (73.5 x 55 cm)

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