Ralf-Rainer Wasse was born in 1942 in Nobitz near Altenburg (Thuringia). From 1968 to 1973 he studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. After his studies he was employed at the District Office for Cultural Work in Leipzig until 1975. Between 1977 and 1982 he became a member of the Clara Mosch artists’ group and self-help gallery in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz, Saxony). In 2012 his compre­hensive photographic archive was acquired by the Lindenau Museum in Altenburg. Wasse died in 2017.