Axel Hütte

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Alex Hütte
EducationDüsseldorf School of Photography
Known forphotography
Movementlandscape, cityscape

Axel Hütte (born 1951) is a German photographer. He is considered one of main representatives of the Düsseldorf School of Photography.[1]


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.[2] 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.


  • 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.[3]
  • 1997: Fecit. Kunstverein Hannover.[4]
  • 2004: Terra Incognita. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.[5]
  • 2011: Emerald Woods. Dirimart Gallery, Istanbul.[6]
  • 2013: Palacio Municipal de Exposiciones Kiosco Alfonso, A Coruña, Spain.
  • 2014: Fantasmi E Realtà. Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice.[7]
  • 2014: Paisaje Escindido. Museo San Telmo, San Sebastián, Spain.
  • 2015: Shadows of Lights. Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid.[8]
  • 2017: Imperial – Majestic – Magical. Kunsthalle Krems, Germany.
  • 2017: Night and Day. Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2019: Kosmos Tropical. Galerie Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany.



Hütte's work is held in the following permanent public collections:[12]