Stefan Ruhmke was born in the former GDR in 1979. His first Practica VLC 2 (an GDR manufactured camera of Pentacon) he received as a present by his father being eight years old. Stefan Ruhmke’s early photographs where free of technical procedures and took all into focus what he liked – the Baltic Sea, hunted animals of his grandfather, a Trabant, the neighbourgirl, his grandmother knitting. Grown up in the grey of East-Berlin he was 10 years old when the wall fell down.
He began his studies at Lette Verein/Berlin at the age of 24, after modelling for several photographers and in commercials on his own.
Stefan Ruhmke’s motifs did not change much since his childhood – only the new learned technical skills turned his pictures into a colourful world, not only because the grey of the former east has disappeared. Stefan Ruhmke is specialised in portraits and staged photography where he evolves a certain taste in poetic sceneries topped with a trifle of dry humour. He tempts to bring out private moments and the hint of secrets in real characters, which he choses mostly for being his object.

GoSee AWARDS WINNER GOLD Category ART 2017
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