Self-portrait 2 (Xerography, 1978)
From the series Made
with a Photocopier
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.
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.
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.
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
Books: Less Is More (2009), grayscales. early b&w photographs (2010),
Milky Way (2014), Right Time Right Place (2015).