Inta Ruka (born 1958) lives and works in Riga, Latvia.

Works with Rolleiflex cameras. Took photos with Rolleiflex made in 1937 until 2004.

1982 starts to work on the photographic series “My Country People”

1998 scholarship of the “Hasselblad Foundation” together with Andrejs Grants

1999 “Spídola-Award” of the Latvian Culture Foundation

2000 starts to work on the photographic series “People I happened to meet”

2002 working grant at the Villa Waldberta, Feldafing/Starnberger See (D)

2003 “Price of the Year” of the Artist’s Union of Latvia

2004 starts to work on the photographic series “Amalias Street 5”

2006 starts to work on the photographic series ”Neighbours“

2007 two-month artist-in-residence-scholarship of the IASPIS in Stockholm

2009 invested as a “Chevalier (Knight)”, the highest award of the “Order of the Three Stars” of the State of Latvia



2014 “A Way of Life” Swedish photography from Chirster Stromholm until today, Moderna Museet Malmo, Sweden

2013 “Way of Life” People from Halsingland, Hudigsvall, Sweden

2013 “You and Me” Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

2012 ,, Steberi family,, Art festival , Cesis , Latvia

2012 ,, The other side of the river,, Baukunst gallery, Cologne, Germany

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

2011 “Another Story“, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (S)(Cat

2010 “Iveta and Natasha”, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (solo-exhibition) (G)

2009 “Amalias Street 5”, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (solo-exhibition) (LV)(Cat.)

2009 ,, Sune Jonsson – Inta Ruka,,  Vasterbottens museum, Umeo , (S)

2008-09 “Amalias Street 5”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm , (S)(solo-exhibition)

“Amalias Street 5”, Heden, The Hague (NL) (solo-exhibition) (Cat.)

2008 “On the Human Being. International Photography 1950-2000“, CentroAndaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, in cooperation with the Folkwang Museum,Essen (G), and the Picasso Museum, Málaga (curated by Ute Eskildsen) (Cat.)

“Art from the Future Contemporary Art Museum, Riga”, European Commission,

Berlaymont Building, Brussels (B)

“Private. Exhibition of contemporary Photography from Latvia”, in the framework of the“Moscow Photobiennale 2008”, Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow (RU)(Cat.)

2007 “Portraits”, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne(G) (solo-exhibition)

“Contemporary Art from Latvia“, European Central Bank, Frankfurt a. M. (G)(Cat.)

2006-07 “In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century” Barbican Art Gallery, London (GB)(Cat.)

2006 “People I Happened to Meet”, Photography Center, Istanbul (T)(solo-exhibition)

2005 “Portraits”, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (G)(solo-exhibition)

“Die Sammlung I: Das Porträt 1970-2000”, Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich (G)

2004 “Passage d’Europe”, Musée d’Art Moderne Saint-Etienne (F)

2003 “Portraits”, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (G)(solo-exhibition)

“Inta Ruka and Egons Spuris”, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga , (LV)(Cat.)

2002 “Inta Ruka – fotografiju paroda”, Prospekto Photo Gallery, Vilnius (LIT) (solo-exhibition)

2001 “People I happened to meet”, Pomerania Dukes castle South gallery, Szczecin (PL)(solo-exhibition)

2000 “My Country People”, Museum of Applied Arts, Riga, (LV) (solo-exhibition)

1999 Ruka represented her country at the 48th Venice Biennale in the exhibition

“Stories. Storytellers”, together with Anita Zabilevska and Ojars Petersons, Chiesa San Giovanni Novo, Venice (IT) (Cat.)

Tre satt att se,,together with Marie Hoeg and Britt Marie Trensmar, Nordika Museet, Stockholm , (SE)

1998 ,, Under / Exspsed ,, , underground , Stockholm , (SE) (Cat)

1997 “Inta Ruka”, Photostudio 1, Boston , (ASV)(solo-exhibition)

1995 “My Country People”, Bratislava (SLO) (solo-exhibition)

“Inta Ruka”, Amiens (F) (solo-exhibition)

1994 “My Country People”, Centre Photographique de Normandie, Rouen (F) (soloexhibition)

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

“Borderlands. Photography of the Baltic States”, Street Level Gallery, Glasgow (GB)(Cat.)

1991-93 “Latvian Photographers in the Age of Glasnost”, touring exhibition in Canada: Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto; Art Gallery of St. Vincent University, Halifax;The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon; White Water Gallery, North Bay; Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay; Floating Gallery, Winnipeg (CAN)

1991 “My Country People”, Karlshamn (S) (solo-exhibition)

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

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (USA) (Cat.)

1990 “Annee de l’ Est”, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne (CH)

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

1986 “Inta Ruka”, Kiek in de Koek, Tallinn (EST) (solo-exhibition)



Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen , Germany

Moderna Museet, Stockholm , Sweden

European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Collection de la Banque privée Edmond Rothschild, Geneva, Switzerland

AB.LV Bank Contemporary art collection, Riga , Latvia

Fotomuseum im Stadtmuseum München, 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


Documentary film

,, Photo – Inta Ruka,, Documentary film by Arvids Krievs . Latvia
,,The photographer from Riga ,, documentary film by Maud Nycander,
Mantaray film, for Swedish Television 2009