Rut Blees Luxemburg

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Rut Blees Luxemburg (born 1967) is a German photographer. Her technique is to take photographs at night, mostly exploring the urban landscape. She is a Tutor at the Royal College of Art.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Luxemburg studied photography at London College of Communication and gained her last formal education at the University of Westminster. She employs long exposures to allows her to use the light emanating from the street only, for instance from office blocks or street lights in her photos.[2] Luxemburg created a series of images for the London Underground in 2007.[citation needed] Many of her photographs and prints deal with nocturnal themes.

CD cover art[edit]

Her photograph, "Towering Inferno" was used as the cover art for The Streets' debut album Original Pirate Material. The photo depicts the beauty of a lit up council tower block. She also contributed "A Modern Project" for use as the cover of Bloc Party's second album, A Weekend in the City.


  • Visurbia (with Martin Liebscher). Germany: Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2000. ISBN 3-88423-173-1
  • London: A Modern Project (with Michael Bracewell). London: Black Dog Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-901033-50-3
  • Liebeslied: My Suicides (with Alexander García Düttmann). London: Zwemmer, 1982. ISBN 1-901033-52-X
  • Commonsensual: The Works of Rut Blees Luxemburg (with Regis Durand, Douglas Park, and Alexander Garcia Duttman). London: Black Dog Publishing, 2009. ISBN 1-906155-57-7


  • 2011: The Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award laureate. France.


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