Mark Ruwedel  
‘I always think of landscape as historical, or historicised; as not existing outside of history.

I am interested in revealing the narratives contained within the landscape, especially those places where the land reveals itself as being both an agent of change and the field of human endeavour.’

born 1954 in Bethlehem, PA, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Known primarily as a Western landscape photographer, Mark Ruwedel has acknowledged a varied range of artistic influences from 19th Century photographers Carleton Watkins and Timothy H. O’Sullivan, as well as Earthworks artists such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, to the New Topographics photographers.

Ruwedel won the Scotiabank Photography Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship (both 2014) and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2019) and for the Prix Pictet (2021).

Ruwedel’s work is in museum collections throughout the world, including the Los Angeles County Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Yale Art Gallery; National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Canada; Stichting Foundation, Brussels; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Mark Ruwedel has produced over 10 monographs to date, the most recent, Rivers Run Through It, has just been published by MACK and is the first volume of a four-part epic ‘Los Angeles: Landscapes of Four Ecologies.’ His archive is housed at Stanford University’s Special Collections Library.

Selected Exhibitions:
Museum Helmond, NL (group, 2022). California Historical Society, San Francisco, US (solo, 2019). Tate Modern, London, UK (solo, 2018). Biennale für Aktuelle Fotographie, Mannheim, DE (group, 2020). Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US (group, 2019). Museum of Art and Culture of Marrakech, MA (solo, 2018).

Blind Magazine, ‘And the Desert Shows Through’, Gaia Squarci, 27 June 2022

FAD Magazine, ‘Mark Ruwedel, Inland: Haunted By The Desert’, Toby Upson, 27 May 2022

Financial Times Magazine, ‘Mark Ruwedel: LA Through My Eyes’, 21/22 November 2020

Financial Times Weekend, Snapshot, ‘Glendale Narrows #24 (2017) by Mark Ruwedel’, Ravi Gosh, 20/21 April 2019