Tobias Kruse was born in Mecklenburg in 1979, he grew up in Schwerin and currently lives in Berlin. From 1996 to 2000 he studied graphic design, in 2000 he moved to Berlin and worked as a graphic designer for a newspaper publisher. From 2005 to 2007 he studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule with Prof. Ute Mahler, and then attended Prof. Arno Fischer’s master class from 2008 to 2009. He then took photographs on commission and was also head of photography for the magazines “Dummy” and “Fluter”. He has been a member of the Ostkreuz Photography Agency since March 2011. Since 2017 Kruse has been teaching at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie.
Tobias Kruse mainly dedicates himself to personal artistic-documentary photo projects, but also works for magazines, institutions and individuals.
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© Photo: Olympus/ Niklas Nischke
The visual language of the German photographer Tobias Kruse unfolds a strong emotional presence and atmospheric density. As a member of the OSTKREUZ photographers’ agency, his main focus is on immediate realities on the ground. Each of his photo series tells its own story, and yet the narrative quality of the images does not obscure the socio-political urgency of the selected themes. His artistic talent is particularly evident in his exhibition projects, and in the book he recently brought out, in which he portrays the major social issues of our time with the explosive poetry inherent in his visual language.
Curator House of Photography / Deichtorhallen Hamburg
© Photo: Olympus/ Niklas Nische
Tobias Kurse, Material | Kerber Verlag, 2018
25 Jahre Ostkreuz | Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015
Ueber Grenzen/ On Borders | Hatje Cantz, 2012
24h Berlin | Hatje Cantz, 2012
The Class | Ostkreuz: Portraits | Group Exhibition, Capitis Gallery, Berlin, 2018
Tobias Kruse, Material | 25 Years Ostkreuz | Paris, Marseille, Munich, Rome, 2016/2017
Dekalog IV | Group Exhibition, Guardini Galerie, Berlin, 2015
Ostkreuz: Westwärts | Group exhibition, c/o Berlin, 2013
Exhibition view "Material", Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille 2016 © Tobias Kruse