Inta Ruka (b.1958) is Latvia’s most renowned photographer and one of the most fascinating names among European image makers. Working in her hometown of Riga, Inta Ruka brings to her photos of her countrymen both curiosity and honesty, as well as a sense of mutual trust, which permeates all her portraits.
“As a successor of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange or August Sander, Inta Ruka is part of the purest tradition of anthropologists of photography. Artisan of universal beauty, she captures the soul, the humanity of all the people who make up today’s rural Latvia, each one of her images reveals the great complicity that Inta Ruka has with those she photographs, and these unadorned faces are magnified by natural light alone. Her black and white portraits give us a breath of melancholy freshness and freedom. ”
Documentary films:

,, Photo – Inta Ruka ,, directed by Arvīds Krievs, Latvia, 2005

“Photographer from Riga”, directed by Maud Nycander, Sweden, 2009


Works in public collections:

Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Collection de la Banque privée by Edmond Rothschild, Geneva, Switzerland

AB.LV Bank Contemporary Art Collection, Riga, Latvia

Fotomuseum im Stadtmuseum in Munich, Munich, Germany

Heden, The Hague, Nederland

Kumu Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark

Royal Library, Stockholm, Sweden

Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway

Hälsinglands Museum, Hudiksvall, Sweden

2020 ,, We ,, Goethe Institute, Riga, Latvia

2019 solo exhibition ,, Under the same sky,, , Balvi Regional History Museum, Latvia

2019 solo exhibition ,, Under the Same Sky ,, Mukusalas Gallery, Riga Latvia

2018 participation with 40 photos at photofestival Promenades photographiques, Vendome, France

2018 ,,People I know ,, personal exhibition at Abecita kunstmuseum, Boros, Sweden

2018 solo exhibition ,,… remember life… ,, Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

2017 solo exhibition ,, My country people ,, Photo gallery [FORMAT], Malmo, Sweden

2016 … remembering life … membership of Biennale Internazionale do Arte Contemporanea ,, Citta do Perugia ,, Perugia, Italy

2015 “Touching from distance”, group exhibition “Serlachius Museum”, Mantta, Finland

2015.… remembering life ,, participating in the exhibition “More peace, less peace”, Riga, Latvia

2014 ,, You and me ,, solo exhibition Arbetets Museum, Norchoping, Sweden

2014, Dainas life ,,, Sune Josson Center, Umeo, Sweden

2014 ,, Way of life ,, People from Halsingland, solo exhibition Rietumu Bank Art Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2014 “Way of life ,,” Swedish photo from Chirster aStromholm to the present, group exhibition,  Moderna Museet Malmo, Sweden

2013 “Way of life” People from Halsingland, personal exhibition, Hudigsvall, Sweden

  1. “You and me” solo exhibition, Photographic, Stockholm, Sweden

2012 ,, The Steber Family ,, Art Festival, Cesis, Latvia

2012, The Other Side of the River, Personal Exhibition, Baukunst Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2012 ,, People I know, ,, solo exhibition, Art Hall, Katrineholm, Sweden

2011 “Another story”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2010 “Iveta and Natasha”, solo exhibition, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2009 “Amalias Street 5a”, solo exhibition, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

2009, Sune Jonsson – Inta Ruka, Vasterbottens Museum, Umea, Sweden

“Amalias Street 5”, solo exhibition, Heden, The Hague

2008-09 “Amalias Street 5”, solo exhibition, Modern Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 “On the Human Being. International Photography 1950-2000”, CentroAndaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville in collaboration with the Folkwang Museum in Essen and the Picasso Museum in Malaga

2008 Art from the Future Contemporary Art Museum, Riga, European Commission,

Berlaymont building, Brussels

2008 “Private. Exhibition of Contemporary Photography from Latvia”, Moscow Photo Biennial, Contemporary Art Center Vinzavod, Moscow, Russia

2007 “Portraits”, solo exhibition, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2007 “Contemporary Art from Latvia”, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

2006-07 “In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century” “Barbican Art    Gallery, London, UK

  1. “People I Happened to Meet”, solo exhibitionFoto Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2005 “Portrait”, solo exhibition, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2005 “Die Sammlung I: Das Porträt 1970-2000”, Munich Photo Museum, Munich, Germany

2004 Passage d’Europe, Museum of Art, Moderne Saint-Etienne, France

2003 “Portraits”, solo exhibition, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2003 “Inta Ruka and Egons Spuris”, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

2002 “Inta Ruka – Photography Exhibition”, solo exhibition, Prospecto Photo Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

2001 “People I happened to meet”, South Gallery of Pomeranian Duke Castle, Szczecin, Poland

2000 “My Luau People”, solo exhibition, Museum of Applied Art, Riga, Latvia

1999 “Stories. Storytellers” with Anita Zabilevskaya and Ojar Petersone, Venice Kiesa San  Giovanni Novo, Italy – 48th Venice Biennale.

1999 “Tre satt att se ,, with Marie Hoeg and Britt Marie Trensmar, Nordika Museet, Stockholm,


1998 ,, Under / Exspsed ,,, underground, Stockholm, Sweden

1997 “Inta Ruka”, solo exhibition, Fotostudio 1, Boston, USA

1995 “My country people ,,” Bratislava, Slovakia

1995 “Inta Ruka”, solo exhibition, Amiens, France

  1. My Country People, Normandy Photography, Rouen, France

1993-94 Exhibition “The Memory of Images. Baltic Photo Art Today”: Städtische Galerie im Sophienhof, Kiel (D); Kunsthalle Rostock; Kunsthalle “Latvia”, Riga; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (LIT); Galerie im Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Baltic Art Center, Gdansk (POL); Tallinn Museum of Photography (EST); Kunsthalle Nicholas, Copenhagen (Cat.)

1993 “Borderlands. Photography of the Baltic States”, Street Gallery, Glasgow, United Kingdom

1991-1993 “Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost”, traveling exhibition in Canada: Toronto        Photographers’ Workshop in Toronto; St. Vincent’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon; White Water Gallery, North Bay; Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay; Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

1991 “My country people”, solo exhibition, Karlshamn, Finland

1991 “Comrades & Cameras: Photographs from Latvia and Other Soviet Republics”

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (US)

1990 Annee de l’Est, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

1988-89 “Inta Ruka and Andrejs Grants”, Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Turku; Pori, Finland

1986 “Inta Ruka”, solo exhibition, Kiek in de Koek, Tallinn, Estonia