George Ruhe was born in Jersey City in 1951 to an American father and a German
mother, and his earliest visual memories were forged by frequent day trips
exploring New York City's Manhattan Island with his grandmother. Aside from
childhood adventures with a Brownie Box camera, he took up photography with
serious intent while studying at Valparaiso University.
He began taking street
photographs in Chicago, with a Zeiss Ikon 2.25 X 2.25mm rangefinder camera his
father had brought back to the States from Germany after WW 2. In addition to a
wide variety of corporate/industrial and editorial clients, he has worked
primarily for The New York Times as a freelance photojournalist since 1993. He
pursues a personal photographic vision carrying a Leica M6 camera on
international and domestic travel junkets between assignments.
He makes his
permanent home in Connecticut, 100 miles north of New York City, and divide his
time between there, Berlin, DE, and Bern, Switzerland.