German photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Ruff shares a studio on Düsseldorf’s Hansaallee, with other German photographers Laurenz Berges, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte. Thomas Ruff, one of six children, was born in 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach in the Black Forest, Germany. In the summer of 1974, Ruff acquired his first camera and after attending an evening class in the basic techniques of photography he started to experiment, taking shots similar to those he had seen in many amateur photography magazines. During his studies in Düsseldorf and inspired by the lectures of Benjamin HD Buchloh, Ruff developed his method of conceptual serial photography.