sophie ristelhueber (born 1949) is a french artist. she was born in paris, where she still lives and works. for more than 25 years, ristelhueber has investigated the impact of human conflict on architecture and landscapes. using photography and more recently moving image and sound, she records the violence inflicted on the surface of the earth by the machinery of war. rather than focusing on the geopolitical meaning of a particular conflict, ristelhueber is engaged with the ambiguities of what she calls the “terrain of the real and of collective emotions”. she has exhibited widely, including fait, moma, new york (1996), details of the world, museum of fine arts, boston (2001-2); wb, musée d’art moderne et contemporain, geneva (2005); eleven blowups, rencontres internationales de la photographie, arles, (2006); and exposed: voyeurism, surveillance and the camera, tate modern, london (2010). she won the deutsche börse photography prize 2010 for her retrospective sophie ristelhueber at jeu de paume, paris (2009).