Axel Hütte

Intro German photographer
A.K.A. Axel Hutte
Is Photographer
From Germany
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth 1951, Essen, Germany

Axel Hütte is a German photographer.


Hütte was born in the German city of Essen in 1951. He studied photography in Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1973 to 1981, attending Bernd Becher’s class. He received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study in London and in 1985 a scholarship to study at the German Study Center in the Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza in Venice. From 1986 to 1988 he was the recipient of a Karl Schmidt-Rottluff scholarship. In 1993, Hütte received the Hermann Claasen Prize for Creative Photography. Since then, he has been working as a freelance photographer. He shares a studio with Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff. He is considered one of five main representatives of the Düsseldorf School of Photography.


As Dark As Light. Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. 2001. ISBN 978-388-814929-0. Terra Incognita. Reina Sofia. 2004. ISBN 978-848-026217-0. Axel Hütte speaks with Stephan Berg. La Fábrica Editorial and Fundación Telefónica. 2009. ISBN 978-849-249889-5. Towards the Wood. Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. 2011. ISBN 978-382-960515-1.



1997: Theorea. Fotomuseum Winterthur. 1997: Fecit. Kunstverein Hannover. 2004: Terra Incognita. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. 2011: Emerald Woods. Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul. 2013: Palacio Municipal de Exposiciones Kiosco Alfonso, A Coruña, Spain. 2014: Fantasmi E Realtà. Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice. 2014: Paisaje Escindido. Museo San Telmo, San Sebastián, Spain. 2015: Shadows of Lights. Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid. 2017: Imperial – Majestic – Magical. Kunsthalle Krems, Germany. 2017: Night and Day. Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany. 2019: Kosmos Tropical. Galerie Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany.


2014: 40|10 Bilderwechsel. Frieder Burda Museum. Baden – Baden, Germany. 2016: Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers. Curated by Martin Parr. Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2016; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester. 2017: Photographs Become Pictures. The Becher Class. Städel Museum. Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Hütte's work is held in the following permanent public collections: Museum Folkwang, Essen Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

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