Thomas is a German photographer, who lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg. His first notable career achievement was a prize-winning series of photos for Stern magazine with backstage portraits of the new Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 1987 and remarkable images of Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin, and Anne Sophie Mutter, among others. He continuously pursued his personal artwork parallel to his commercial work and has had many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Hamburg, Moscow, Helsinki, and New York, among others. In 1999, he opened a studio in Paris focusing on fashion and beauty photography. Recently, he moved back to Germany and travels between Berlin and Hamburg. In addition to his work as a commercial and portrait photographer, he has regular exhibitions in galleries in Berlin and Paris.
In 2015, Andrea Bury and Thomas Rusch founded the non-profit fundraiser PortrAid. Since then PortrAid has won numerous awards for its concept of using photography to help where help is needed. Its goal to convey the issues through photography and build an emotional bridge between the donor and the needy through the sale has been highly commended. Each year since, there have been further successful new projects. Thomas Rusch has an affinity for his subjects as human beings, and all of his works reflect both intimacy and respect, a trusting encounter, whether it is a portrait, a fashion photo, a nude or commercial.