“Being at the right place at the right time is usually associated with happiness and success. But what happens when we are at the right place at the wrong time? Do we even know that this is the right place? And what if it turns out that it is the wrong place after all? But the right time!”

Viennese photographer Robert Rutöd aims to answer these questions with his series of profound, comical and overall excellently executed series of photographs published as a series in 2012 and as a book Right Time Right Place in 2015.


With each double page dedicated to one of fifty-five photographs, this book is an excellent example of a self-published contemporary photography book. Great care has clearly been taken to edit and layout the work, with a page providing context into the series that many books seem to lack. The cover and spine fit perfectly amongst other photographic books, with a red metal foil embossed cover catching your attention, and thick, high-quality paper displaying top-notch prints

The photographs themselves are excellently composed with a strong consideration of colour palettes. The bizarre yet everyday scenes shot throughout Europe invite you into interpreting the stories leading up to the creation of these images. Children watching rabbits in what appears to be underground UFOs, a swam stuck into an endless frozen lake with a family carting their child across in the background, and a woman in head-to-toe red stuffing a cluster of blue plane-shaped balloons into a bright yellow shipping container. Throughout, Rutöd masterfully captures art in the everyday, making us believe that there’s not such a thing as “right time, right place” when it comes to photography, but simply that there is only the “right photographer” to spot these candid moments.


The series received several awards including the New York Photo Award, the Special Prize of the Czech Center of Photography, and most recently Artist of the Year at Dong Gang International Photo Festival 2015 in South Korea.

Right Time Right Place is available as either a collector’s edition or standard edition of 300 to buy from select bookstores and directly from Rutöd’s website, which will be signed, for €38: www.rutoed.com/books