Thomas Struth.

18.02.2011 in03:10 in City scape, architecture -->


Born in Geldern, Germany, Struth trained at the Düsseldorf Academy from 1973 until 1980 where he initially studied painting under Peter Kleemann and Gerhard Richter before settling on Bernd and Hilla Becher‘s photography studio in 1976. He won a scholarship to work at MoMA PS1 in New York for the year of 1978. His early works largely consisted of huge black-and-white shots of streets in Japan, Europe and America. Skyscrapers were another feature of his work, with many of his photographs attempting to show the relationship people have with their modern-day environment.

In the mid-1980s Struth added a new dimension to his work when he started to produce family portraits. This was after a meeting with psychoanalyst Ingo Hartmann. As a result, these works attempt to show the underlying social dynamics within a seemingly still photograph.

Basing himself in Düsseldorf, Struth’s profile continued to rise in the 1990s, and in 1997 he was awarded the Spectrum International Photography Prize of Lower Saxony. In 2007, his work “Pantheon, Rome” (1994) was sold at Christie’s New York more than $1,000,000.[2]

From 1993 to 1996, he taught photography at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany.