About Ralf

Ralf Tooten
– Biodata 2018

Fascinated by the aesthetics of visual encounters, the personal radiance of human beings and great architecture of all centuries, photographer Ralf Tooten has dedicated his professional life to architecture & portrait photography.

Born in Germany’s Rhineland, Tooten completed his apprenticeship in architectural photography with master photographer Clemens Hartzenbusch in 1978 and then worked as a stills photographer on several seminal German movies including Volker Schlöndorff’s Academy Award winning ‘The Tin Drum’, based on the novel by Günter Grass, and Margarethe von Trotta’s ‘Two German Sisters’, which won the Golden Lion.

 

After winning the Fifth Polaroid Fine Arts Award in Londonfor his documentation of Artist Gustav Kluge at work, Tooten went on to work for numerous organizations, ad agencies and magazines across Europe. His first coffee table book ‘Eyes of Wisdom’, an intimate portrait collection of the world’s greatest religious leaders, received worldwide attention and bagged the distinguished Hasselblad Master Award in Goteborg, Sweden in 2002.

In 2003, Tooten moved this studio to Bangkok and began photographing the Thai capital at night. His collaboration with acclaimed writer Roger Willemsen resulted in the best-selling book Bangkok Noir, published in 2009.

 

His 2009-2010 Medical awareness campaign about people who suffer emotionally fromliving with psoriasis, initiated by Pfizer Inc. and photographed on the Canary Islands, in Spain and in Costa Rica, was exhibited throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.

 

In 2013, Tooten’s installation R.C.A., series of gigantic portraits of Thai construction  workers in numerous public spaces around Ratchaburi, transforming this small town in central Thailand into an open air gallery.

 

His more recent collection, Ocean Noir, a series of ultra-low light images of oceans around the world, was first exhibited in Bangkok in 2016.

Born 1958 Homberg am Niederrhein, Germany

1975-1978 Study architectural photography with Mr. Clemens Hartzenbusch

Cologne, Germany

Ralf Tooten lives and works in Bangkok

Website: www.tooten.com

 

 

Curriculum Vitae
Selected Exhibitions

2018
Ralf Tooten is selected as one of 75 Artist for the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 (BAB 2018), the first biennale in Bangkok, is delighted to announce the complete list of 75 artists who will showcase in this year’s inaugural edition. Artists from 33 countries will explore the theme ‘Beyond Bliss’.

2017
Goethe Institute Pop-Up Exhibition – ‘The “worker bees” of Globalization, Cho Why, Bangkok, Thailand

2016
Ocean Noir (Nacht Wellen ) RMA Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

2013
R.C.A. Ratchaburi Construction Worker Open Air, Ratchaburi, Thailand

2011
Bangkok Noir – The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand 

2009
Bangkok Noir – Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

2008
A.W.C. Asian Worker Covered – Tang Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2004
Eyes of Wisdom, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2002
Eyes of Wisdom, Museum of Art and Commerce, Hamburg, Germany

2017
Worker Portraits new collection – Cho Why Gallery, Bangkok

2014
Judge for the 12th international Photographic contest of Thai
Art and Culture Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silapakorn University, Thailand

2013/14
“Migrant Worker” at Museum of Work, Hamburg, Germany 2013 Jugde for the 11th international Photographic contest of Thai Art and Culture
in Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silpakorn University,
Thailand

2012
“Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism” at BACC Bangkok, Thailand.
Judge for the 10th international Photographic contest of Thai Art and Culture
in Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silapakorn University,
Thailand.
BACC Bangkok Art/Cultural Center “14” Exhibition, Pilot
project for “Fine Art Contest” powered by ThaiBev and The Royal Society of Thailand
“A walk through Bangkok” Exhibition result’s Ralph Gibson Lecture at Le Meridien Hotel, Bangkok

2011
La Condition Humaine“ Galerie Pascal Verhoecke, Paris, France Jugde for the 9th international Photographic contest of Thai
Art and Culture in Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silpakorn University, Thailand

2010
Augenmerk: Erde – Photo-Gallery, Zingst, Germany
Bangkok Noir – Baltic Biennale, St. Petersbourg, Rusia See Saw Seen 3, DOB Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Judge for the 8th international Photographic contest of Thai
Art and Culture in Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silpakorn University, Thailand

2009
Mapping Invisible Cities, Goethe-Institute Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
The Banyan Tree National Gallery Bangkok, Bangkok,Thailand
The Banyan Tree Meta House Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Judge for the 7th international Photographic contest of Thai Art and Culture in Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silapakorn University, Thailand

2008
Crack2 Exhibition, Benchasiri Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Mapping Invisible Cites, Goethe-Haus, Jarkata, Indonesia PhotoARTAsiaPhotoaExpo 2008, Zen Exhibition Lounge, Bangkok, Thailand Judge for the 6th international Photographic contest of Thai Art and Culture in Commemoration of Prince Naris Day, Silapakorn University, Thailand

2007
Chapter 75: Clay Overture, Playground, Bangkok/Thailand

2006
Summer Gallery Woischnik, Sag Harbor, Hamptons, USA

2004
Blickverbindung Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Public Collections:
Berlinische Galerie / Museum of Modern Art, Photography, Architecture – Berlin, Germany Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Germany
National Gallery of Thailand
National Gallery of Malaysia
and private collectors

Exhibitions