Thomas Ruff quotes

  • I believe that photography can only reproduce the surface of things. The same applies to a portrait. I take photographs of people the same way I would take photographs of a plaster bust.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Photography #Believe #People

  • My images are not images of reality, but show a kind of second reality, the image of the image.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Reality #Kind #Shows

  • You cannot explain the whole world in one photograph. Photography pretends. You can see everything that's in front of the camera, but there's always something beside it.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Photography #World #Cameras

  • Normally if you add information to information, you have more information. In case of my art, I destroy information, I would say, because the image is disturbed by the writings. In a way, they become pure imagery. For me it's really fun because it's an idealistic approach to images, to just play around with information and see what's happening.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Art #Fun #Writing

  • If things are the way they are, why should I try to make them look different?
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Trying #Looks #Way

  • In photography, you always have both the medium and the depicted subject at the same time.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Photography #Mediums #Subjects

  • Photographs are still always depictions, it's just that for my generation the model for the photograph is probably not reality any more, but images we have of that reality.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Reality #Generations #Photograph

  • If you look at photographers who say, "I hate digital photography," they all use Photoshop, even if it's to make the sky just a little more blue than it was. Manipulation is very discrete and because it's so discrete nobody cares about it anymore. People accept manipulated photographs, I think.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Photography #Hate #Thinking

  • Press information is serious information, but press information is also manipulated by people who want you to think that this and that happened. So it's the old thing that you still cannot trust photography at all or you have to know who is distributing the photograph. In terms of cell phone photography, I think nobody cares about a photograph anymore because they're taking so many pictures just for fun.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Photography #Fun #Thinking

  • I've been collecting photographs since I don't know when, for a long time, for different reasons. You can find them on eBay and when we were browsing through the shops there were images that attracted me. These are all historical images because these days they're all digital. They don't exist anymore.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Long #Historical #Different

  • I received my training at an art academy, so what I produce is art. That's what is artistic about my photographs.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Art #Training #Photograph

  • I'm very old fashioned. I still believe in the image and the pictorial quality of the image. It seems that I'm still busy with a truth in photography.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Photography #Believe #Quality

  • There have to be at least two copies of a photograph, otherwise it’s not a photograph.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Two #Photograph #Copies

  • The people have to know what my portraits are like in order to behave in such a way that the result is one of my portraits.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Order #People #Way

  • I think it is an anarchistic idea to have information on the front and the back. Normally if you add information to information, you have more information.
    -- Thomas Ruff

    #Thinking