Thomas Rusch

Last updated

Thomas Rusch (born October 10, 1962 in Freiburg im Breisgau) is a German photographer living in Berlin, Hamburg and Paris.

Freiburg im Breisgau Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with a population of about 220,000. In the south-west of the country, it straddles the Dreisam river, at the foot of the Schlossberg. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. A famous old German university town, and archiepiscopal seat, Freiburg was incorporated in the early twelfth century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical center of the upper Rhine region. The city is known for its medieval minster and Renaissance university, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany, and held the all-time German temperature record of 40.2 °C (104.4 °F) from 2003 to 2015.

Photography Art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation

Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing, and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.

Berlin Capital of Germany

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3,748,148 (2018) inhabitants make it the second most populous city proper of the European Union after London. The city is one of Germany's 16 federal states. It is surrounded by the state of Brandenburg, and contiguous with its capital, Potsdam. The two cities are at the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region, which is, with about six million inhabitants and an area of more than 30,000 km², Germany's third-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions.

Contents

Life and work

After finishing school, Thomas Rusch moved to Hamburg in 1981 to start his education as photographer. His first publication was a series of portraits at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival published in weekly magazine Stern. This was followed by a long-term cooperation with Stern, in which Thomas Rusch published many reportages, portraits and cover pictures. [1] At the end of the 1990s Thomas Rusch's portraits of well-known celebrities were published in magazines like Zeitmagazin, Der Spiegel, Max and GQ. At the same time, Rusch showed his artistical work, e.g. Paradise Lost, Cirque O, and Die Ecke (The Corner), in price-winning exhibitions around the world. [2]

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival music festival

The Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival is a classical music festival held each summer throughout the state of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany.

<i>Stern</i> (magazine) German magazine

Stern is a weekly news magazine published in Hamburg, Germany, by Gruner + Jahr, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann.

<i>Die Zeit</i> German weekly newspaper

Die Zeit is a German national weekly newspaper published in Hamburg in north Germany.

From the late 1990s on, Thomas Rusch lived in Paris. He worked as a beauty- and fashion photographer and published his work in indie publications like Soon, Tank, and Oyster, as well as in numerous international fashion- and lifestyle magazines. Rusch shot campaigns (e.g. for Ray Ban, Beck's, Seat) and developed his own artistical projects.

Since 2006, Thomas Rusch is commuting between Paris, Hamburg and Berlin. He is still working for editorials and advertising, but at the same time he is focussing on his work as an artist. In his freelanced projects, Thomas Rusch is concerned with the subjects of sexuality, representation of women in western society, and fetishism. He likes to examine their ambivalent qualities between the private and the public, art and commerce - oscilliating between a clear emphasis on naturalness and an exaggeration of superficiality. [3] His last exhibitions were focussing on themes like masks (Behind, 2010, portraits of faces with heavy make-up) and skin (A Fleur de Peau, 2014, studies on the subject of skin) [4]

Fetishism belief in supernatural powers of objects

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a human-made object that has power over others. Essentially, fetishism is the emic attribution of inherent value or powers to an object the superstitions against misfortune and diseases.

Mask any full or partial face covering, whether ceremonial, protective, decorative, or used as disguise

A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body. In parts of Australia, giant totem masks cover the body, while Inuit women use finger masks during storytelling and dancing.

Exhibitions

Awards

Collections

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg museum of fine, applied and decorative arts in Hamburg, Germany

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is a museum of fine, applied and decorative arts in Hamburg, Germany. It is located centrally, near the Hauptbahnhof.

Literature

International Standard Book Number Unique numeric book identifier

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier which is intended to be unique. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.

Related Research Articles

Edward Quinn (1920–1997) was born in Ireland. He lived and worked as a photographer from the 1950s, on the Côte d'Azur, during the "golden fifties" the playground of the celebrities from the world of show biz, art and business.

Horst Janssen German printmaker and draftsman

Horst Janssen was a German draftsman, printmaker, poster artist and illustrator. He had a prolific output of drawings, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and wood engravings.

Michael Ruetz works as artist and author. He is a German photographer.

Günther Förg artist

Günther Förg was a German painter, graphic designer, sculptor and photographer. His abstract style was influenced by American abstract painting.

KP Brehmer, in full, Klaus Peter Brehmer, was a German painter, graphic artist and filmmaker. From 1971 to 1997 he was professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.

Rainer Fetting German artist

Rainer Fetting is a German painter and sculptor.

Roswitha Hecke is a German photographer and photojournalist. With content ranging from faces to places, her photographic projects explore the unfamiliar and re-examine the familiar.

Paul Flora Austrian artist

Paul Flora is known for his black ink line drawings. "Flora was one of Europe’s most profiled illustrators since the 1960s. He worked for British newspapers The Times and The Observer as well as for Germany’s Die Zeit".

Thomas Dorn is a photographer and contemporary artist who spends time in Geneva, Cologne and Paris. He has traveled in Africa and some 20 countries. He is known for his album covers for world music, jazz and pop. He collaborated with Ilija Trojanow on a book, Kumbh Mela, released in 2008.

Herbert Hoffmann German tattoo artist and photographer

Herbert Hoffmann was a German tattoo artist and photographer.

Harald Mante, German photographer, artist, and designer. Since 1960 Mante had a great influence on the German color photography. He was in second generation a Bauhaus student and transformed the ideas of the famous masters of the Bauhaus into photography. His text books on composition and color design are known worldwide.

Klaus Fußmann, is a contemporary German painter.

Michael Najjar is a German photographer, adventurer and future astronaut. He was born 1966 in Landau, Germany. Since 1988, he has lived and worked in Berlin.

Large Head was a sculpture made by German artist Otto Freundlich in 1912 and thought to have been destroyed in around 1941. It is now considered to be one of the most important modernist sculptures made in Germany before the First World War.

Natascha Artin Brunswick American German-born mathematician and photographer

Natascha Artin Brunswick, née Jasny was a German-American mathematician and photographer.

Ada Mee German painter

Ada Mee is a German artist acting in Heidelberg and expressing her art in various techniques.

Klaus Mertens is a German contemporary artist, currently living in Berlin/Germany and Addis Ababa/Ethiopia.

Mat Hennek is a German photographic artist.

F. C. Gundlach German art dealer

F. C. Gundlach is a German photographer, gallery owner, collector, curator und founder. In 2000 he created the F.C. Gundlach Foundation, since 2003 he has been founding director of the House of Photography – Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

References

  1. H. Karasek, W. Behnken (2002). Thomas Rusch - Icon. Aplanat Edition, Hamburg.
  2. Takahashi, Shuhei (1992). Paradise Lost. Treville, Tokyo.
  3. Najjar, Sherin (2010). Thomas Rusch. The Artificial Face – mask and masquerade. Eyemazing Magazine, No. 3.
  4. official press release, "Galerie Bettina Von Arnim – Photographies d’art". Retrieved on 15 September 2014.