Self-portrait 2 (Xerography, 1978) From the series Made with a Photocopier




Robert Rutöd was born 1959 in Vienna, Austria. Early pursuit of painting; from 1978 on photography. Works from these years later appeared with some of his absurd texts in the book grayscales. early b&w photographs 1978-1988.


grayscales – Overhead Line (1988)

Between 1979 and 1993, Robert Rutöd wrote screenplays and directed short films. In the mid-90s, he increasingly devoted himself to the design of books and applications for digital media. In 2004 he returned to photography; since 2009, he presents these images to a wider audience.

Zppedy Tunferd

Still from the movie Zippedy Tunferd (Austria, 1986)

Still from the movie Catch A Cold (Austria, 1993)

In his projects, Robert Rutöd investigates the paradox Human with its sometimes tragicomic aspects. In 2009 the photo book Less Is More resulted from that and three years later, the series Right Time Right Place has been finished. For this he received several awards including the New York Photo Award 2012, the Special Prize of the Czech Center of Photography, and most recently Artist of the Year at Dong Gang International Photo Festival in South Korea. In 2017 he completed his series Fair(y) Tales, retelling an almost ten-year expedition through the burlesque realm of trade fairs and exhibition areas. After presenting this series in numerous exhibitions in Marseille, Kaunas, Malmö or Kaliningrad, to name just a few, he was invited in 2019 to show Fair(y) Tales in his first solo exhibition in Israel on the occasion of the PHOTO IS:RAEL festival in Tel Aviv.

PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival 2019

Fair(y) Tales – Solo exhibtion at PHOTO IS:RAEL
International Photography Festival 2019, Tel Aviv

Rutöd’s photographs have been shown worldwide at numerous exhibitions and festivals; his work has been widely published in magazines and on blogs. Robert Rutöd lives and works in Vienna.

Books: Less Is More (2009), grayscales. early b&w photographs (2010),
Milky Way (2014), Right Time Right Place (2015).



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