The former seaside resort of Jaywick was once a summer residence for London workers who had achieved a modest level of wealth. A long social descent followed: In 2015, the British authorities declared Jaywick to be the poorest place in England. The lives of its inhabitants are shaped by crime, drug addiction and social decline. In his series, Tobias Kruse focuses on the fringes of society.
Born in Waren an der Müritz, Germany, in 1979.
1996–2000: Studied graphic design in Anklam.
2000-04: worked as a graphic designer for a Berlin publisher.
2005–09: Studied at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie under Ute Mahler; master class with Arno Fischer, Berlin.
2008: New York Photo Award in the category Student Editorial Series.
2010: First prize, F/STOP, 4th International Photography Festival, Leipzig.
2011: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2019: Material (publication), Kerber, Bielefeld; recommended (grant); Material (solo show), Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin.
2020: Freundschaft (publication), with Jörg Brüggemann, Kerber, Bielefeld.
2020/2021: Deponie (personal work) as part of the exhibition recommended (group show), Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Fotografieforum, Frankfurt; FOAM, Amsterdam.
Tobis Kruse lives in Berlin.