Tobias Kruse


Thomas, from the series "The Class", 2017 © Tobias Kruse
Sue, from the series "This is Jaywick", 2016 © Tobias Kruse
Woman with Red Hair, from the series "This is...", 2016 © Tobias Kruse
Esra, from the series "The Class", 2017 © Tobias Kruse
Crow, from the series "Material", published 2018 © Tobias Kruse
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Tobias Kruse

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

Curator’s Statement

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.

Ingo Taubhorn
Curator House of Photography / Deichtorhallen Hamburg

© Photo: Olympus/ Niklas Nische

Selected Publications

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

Selected Exhibitions

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

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