Rutger ten Broeke was born on February 11, 1944 in Arnhem. He studied at college in Arnhem and at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Ten Broeke is a key figure in the development of photography in The Netherlands; He started a commercial business; RTB Photography while studying. In 1984, he organized the first photography Biënniale in Enschede, The Netherlands. He worked for several fashion magazines and started the photography gallery, F32 in 1985.  

Ten Broeke is internationally known for his classic black and white nudes. Central to his work is his fascination with the (female) body in nature and the emotional relationship between the two. Ten Broeke creates timeless and harmonious images with compositional perfection. His aesthetic concept combines beauty and purity with great technical skills.

Ten Broeke was a professor at the AKI (The Academy for Art and Industry) in Enschede and is active up until now as a free, creative art photographer. His most recent body of work was made in Eastern Europe in the summer of 2015.

Since 2006 Rutger ten Broeke has a close relationship with the Kahmann Gallery, Lindengracht 35, Amsterdam. The Kahmannm Gallery handles shows and purchases and is instrumental in the creation of his books and publications. The most important: the book: "40 Years", published in a limited edition, each with a hand-printed fibre based print.

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