Tobias Kruse

1979 born in Waren/Müritz, grew up in Schwerin/Mecklenburg1996 to 2000 studied graphic design2000 to 2004 self-employed graphic designer2005 to 2009 studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule Berlin under Prof. Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler and Prof. Arno Fischersince 2009 freelance photographerMember of the Ostkreuz agency since 2011Lecturer at the Ostkreuzschule since 2017

2022 Tobias Kruse, “Deponie”, Spector Books2020 Tobias Kruse/Jörg Brüggemann, “Freundschaft/Friendship”, Kerber Verlag2020 Ostkreuz, “Kontinent/Continent”, Hartmann Books2019 Tobias Kruse, “Material”, Kerber publishing house2015 Ostkreuz, “25 years of Ostkreuz”, Hatje Cantzand others
Awards and scholarships
2023 “Deutscher Fotobuchpreis” in Gold
2023 “Punstpreis Fotografie”, Lotto Foundation Berlin/Brandenburg
2023 „Aenne-Biermann-Preis“, honorable mention
2022 “VG Bild Publication Grant”
2022 “VG Bild Grant”
2019 “Recommended” scholarship, organized by Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and FOAM Amsterdam
2019 Residency in Penang, Malaysia
2015 “VG Bild Grant”
2013 “Konrad Wolf Prize 2013” for the Ostkreuz agency, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2010 Winner of “F/STOP”, 4th International Photo Festival, main exhibition “Im Verborgenen”, Leipzig

“Deponie”, group exhibitions at the Museum of Applied Arts Gera, Kunstraum Potsdam, Fotodoks Festival, Munich

Solo exhibition “Deponie” at the ARTCO Gallery, Berlin

“Deponie”, group exhibition “Recommended” at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, FOAM Amsterdam
“Jaywick”, Ostkreuz group exhibition “Kontinent/Continent” at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Solo exhibition “Material” at the Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin

Numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad


Tobias Kruse
This seminar will deal with contemporary documentary photography and its limitations. You will work on a self-chosen – or, if desired, a given – topic, which can be based on an interests, a text or a vague project idea. At the beginning of the process, the question of whether and why a topic is relevant and/or photographically interesting is examined from various perspectives. The aim is always to leave well-trodden paths in one’s own work and to expand one’s own visual language. The individual approach visibly conveys the personal attitude towards the subject matter. At the end of the year, each participant will have created an intensive, personal and surprising work that might be presented together – the consideration of what the right form of presentation might be is part of the seminar.
Sundays 10am – 6pm

5 more dates will follow in the winter semester