Mark Ruwedel (American, b. 1954)

Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954; Bethlehem, PA) lives in Long Beach, California. He received his M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal in 1983 and taught there from 1984 to 2001; he is currently Professor Emeritus at California State University. He received major grants from the Canada Council for the Arts in 1999 and 2001. In 2014 he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Scotiabank Photography Award and was  short-listed for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize for 2019 and the Prix Pictet in 2021.


Ruwedel is represented in museums throughout the world, including the J. Paul Getty Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; Los Angeles County Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Yale Art Gallery; National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Canada; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was included in the National Gallery of Canada’s Biennial in 2012. Ruwedel’s work was the subject of an Artists Room at Tate Modern in 2018.


Publications include Westward the Course of Empire, 2008; 1212 Palms, 2010; Pictures of Hell, 2014; Mark Ruwedel Scotiabank Photography Award, 2015; Message from the Exterior, 2017; Dog Houses, 2017; Ouarzazate, 2018; Palms/Capri, 2019; and Seventy-two and One Half Miles Across Los Angeles, 2020.


Ruwedel’s archive is housed at Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections.