‘What I wanted to do with the nudes was to create photographic images of nudes, but in a contemporary way. I wanted to show contemporary desire: the whole variety of sexual desire in our society today. l really wanted to show everything… When I started my research on the lnternet, I was quite surprised at the exhibitionism of people showing themselves naked, as well as the voyeurism of the people looking at them and the total anonymity of it all’
(T. Ruf, quoted in V. Goldberg, ‘Thomas Ruf in Conversation with Vicki Goldberg’, in The Brooklyn Rail, June 2005, pp. 16-17).