Robert Rutoed

“Less is More”


In ‘Less Is More’ I philosophise about God and the universe. And about what you can leave out without being left with nothing.”  Some places are time, some space, some in a certain way liberated from time and space. Ephemeral and at the same time present – reduced to the one single moment and yet present in their entire spectrum, vibrancy and abundance. Timeless motments which are endowed with perpetuity in the photographic series “Less Is More”. Robert Rutoed plays with the original significance of the binomial pair as well as with possible and impossible variations: “If less is more, maybe nothing is everything.” In other words: Everything is a question of perspective, the preference of visual angle, the self-styled point of view. Clichés shift into the centre of interest, mutate into a motif, decapitate the reality to an occasionally bizarre setting. (From the book: Less Is More).


Robert Rutoed, born in Vienna, lives in Austria. Photographer and filmmaker. Made numerous short feature films with screenings worldwide. Early paintings and photographic work are in private collections.

Selected by Natasha Egan, Curator and Executive Director at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.