Thomas Ruff: Tripe

This body of work is inspired by negatives of India and Burma (now Myanmar) taken by Captain Linnaeus Tripe, an officer in Britain’s East India Company army, in the 1850s. These negatives represent a nineteenth-century solution for travel photography because they were lighter and more transportable than glass negatives, though more susceptible to aging. Using a computer program to invert these negatives into positive images, Ruff then further digitally manipulated them in a manner analogous to hand-retouching, thus highlighting both the subject matter of the images and the analog processes used to create them.

A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled tripe_01 Amerapoora. Mohdee Kyoung., dated 2018.

Thomas Ruff

tripe_01 Amerapoora. Mohdee Kyoung., 2018
Chromogenic print
48 5/8 x 63 1/4 inches (123.5 x 160.5 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled tripe_03 Mysore. Landscape with leafless tree and tank., dated 2018.

Thomas Ruff

tripe_03 Mysore. Landscape with leafless tree and tank., 2018
Chromogenic print
48 5/8 x 63 1/8 inches (123.5 x 160.3 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled tripe_06 Pugahm Myo. Thapinyu Pagoda., dated 2018.

Thomas Ruff

tripe_06 Pugahm Myo. Thapinyu Pagoda., 2018
Chromogenic print
48 1/4 x 62 3/4 inches (122.6 x 159.4 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled tripe_09 Amerapoora. My-au-dyk kyoung., dated 2018.

Thomas Ruff

tripe_09 Amerapoora. My-au-dyk kyoung., 2018
Chromogenic print
48 5/8 x 62 3/4 inches (123.5 x 159.5 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled tripe_15 Madura. The Blackburn Testimonial., dated 2018.

Thomas Ruff

tripe_15 Madura. The Blackburn Testimonial., 2018
Chromogenic print
48 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches (123.2 x 159.4 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled tripe_17 Trichinopoly. Street view, the rock in the distance., dated 2018.

Thomas Ruff

tripe_17 Trichinopoly. Street view, the rock in the distance., 2018
Chromogenic print
48 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches (123.2 x 159.5 cm)

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