Thomas Struth is a German photographer who, through his practice, explores the complexities of looking. He studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Bernd and Hilla Becher who influenced his documentary approach to photography. His series of museum photographs count amongst his most renowned work. In this series, Struth depicts audiences in some of the world’s most popular museums looking at famous works of Western art. He has photographed in the Louvre, the National Gallery London, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Although these works appear as fleeting moments, Struth himself likens them to paintings: “since I do not take rapid photographs it is in this respect like a painting which takes a long time where you are very aware of what you are doing in the process.” Through his work Struth is confronting viewers with the act of looking, and the complexities of seeing, and being seen. Since the early 90s, Struth has expanded his practice to include landscape, nature studies, monuments and cityscapes.
German, b. 1954, Geldern Germany. Based in Berlin and New York