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This beautiful publication presents Thomas Ruffʼs series of ‘interiors’ which was created during his student days at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Most of the pictures were taken in the apartments of relatives or parents of his classmates in the Black Forest. Individual elements are shown with as much simplicity and distance as possible and capture the mood and the character of the whole room without being additionally lit or staged. Thomas Ruffʼs inner stance towards these rooms is ambivalent: on one hand they are the ‘epitome of petite bourgeoisie’ but at the same time convey a feeling of belonging and stand for a sentimental view of the setting of his childhood. The renovation of these rooms, beginning in the early 1980s, ended his work on this project.