The closer you get to Thomas Ruff's blown-up prints,
the less they seem to say. Mr. Ruff's lens hovers only on the surfaces
of things, and to our consternation, no deeper.
German photographer's latest works on show -- close-ups of Saturn's
candy-colored moons and rings, wiry depictions of electromagnetic force
fields -- remind of his large portraits, where a shadowless light
flattens each face to the point that it begins to look like a mask.
Despite the meticulous capture of each hair, pore and wrinkle, the
portrait remains startlingly cool and neutral -- and progressively less
Read the complete review in The Wall Street Journal.