Thomas Struth‘s photo editions offer a profound narrative of urbanity and humanity, weaving a tapestry of visual storytelling that is as historically resonant as it is visually captivating. Each edition serves as a testament to Struth’s artistic inquiry, meticulously capturing the subtle interplay of architecture, environment, and the human element in the frame of contemporary photography.
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, Thomas 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 1990s, Struth has expanded his practice to include landscape, nature studies, monuments and cityscapes. Throughout his career, he has showcased his work in solo exhibitions at major institutions, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (2019), Haus der Kunst in Munich (2017), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2014) and the Museo del Prado in Madrid (2007). Thomas Struth was born 1954 in Geldern, Germany, and currently lives in Berlin and New York.