Fascinated by the aesthetics of visual encounters, the personal radiance of human beings and passionate admiration for great architecture of all centuries, Ralf Tooten has placed the main focus of his work as a photographer on architecture, landscape and portrait photography.
Born in Germany’s Rhineland, he has worked in Europe for prominent Companies, Advertising Agencies, Magazines and Art exhibitions since he won the first prize for a magazine’s photography competition with his joyful portraits of Russian soldiers.
Completing his apprenticeship in architectural photography 1975-78 with Master Photographer Clemens Hartzenbusch from Cologne, Ralf worked as a still photographer in several movie productions such as Volker Schlöndorff, the Academy Award-winning “The Tin Drum” by Novel price winner Gunter Grass and Margarethe von Trotta, the Golden Lion winning “Two German sisters”.
His coffee table book and exhibition project “Eye of Wisdom”, a journey through 50 countries in search for holy people from 1997-2002, the critically acclaimed series from his inspiration, received worldwide attention and was rewarded with the distinguished Hasselblad Master Award in Goteborg, Sweden in 2002.
In year 2003 Tooten moved his Ateliere to Bangkok and worked on new series, such as Bangkok Noir, nocturnal impressions of cityscapes and lifestyle, a new picture book, which was nominated for the German Picture Book Award. His Medical awareness campaign for Ogilvy CommonHealth NYC, photographed 2009/2010 on the Canary Islands, Spain and Costa Rica was initialised by Pfizer Inc. USA, won the American SABRE PR-Award for „best use of photography“ and were exhibited though Europe, Middel East, North Africa and Latin America.
Since 2009 until today, Tooten focused his career on Architecture/Portrait Photography.
Curriculum Vitae: Born in Homberg am Niederrhein, Germany Currently lives and works in Bangkok 1975-1978 Study architectural Photography with Mr. Clemens Hartzenbusch Cologne, Germany
Volker SchlöndorffOskar Award winning Movie Director / Munich, Germany
Ralf Tooten has not only made the usual scene photography, he has took the most beautiful photographs ever
Mae-chee SansaeeBhuddist Nun / Bangkok, Thailand
He took pictures with his heart