Ralf Tooten

Ralf Tooten, Bangkok, Thailand “A.W.C.” Photos
Ralf works as a photographer. On display are portraits of people, faces one sees on the building sites of Bangkok.

Banyan Presentations and Workshops:

16-10-07 Benares Hindi University BHU

Fascinated by the aesthetics of visual encounters and the personal radiance of human beings, Ralf Tooten has placed the main focus of his work as a photographer on portrait photography. Born in Germany’s Rhineland, he has worked for prominent magazines, publishers, galleries and art exhibitions/projects since he won the first prize for a magazine’s photography competition with his portraits of Russian soldiers. Ralf has also won the 1996’s Fifth Polaroid Fine Arts Award in London, UK as well as the distinguished Hasselblad Master Award in Goteborg, Sweden in 2003.

After his training in architectural photography under Clemens Hartzenbusch, Tooten worked as a still-photographer in several film productions such as Volker Schlondorff’s Academy-winning “The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass” and Margarethe von Trotta’s “Marianne and Juliane”. Tooten`s photographs were also published in renowned artist Gustav Kluge`s exhibition catalogue “Konterfei” Produzentengalerie Hamburg.

As for the book and exhibition project, “Eyes of Wisdom”, the critically-acclaimed series arose from his inspiration and in close cooperation with Bernhard Strathmann during the course of numerous travels around the world between 1997 and 2004.

Since 2005, he has simultaneously worked on two new series, A.W.C. and Bangkok Noir, in which the latter is in collaboration with Roger Willemsen and S.Fischer Verlag/Frankfurt and is to be launched in early 2009.