Thomas Struth’s work consists of a range of topics such as people in clearly defined environments, or also streets, city planning and nature. In his newest work, he devotes himself to global phenomena and takes pictures of technical systems such as nuclear reactors or spaceships. In his precise photographs, Struth is interested in the (reciprocal) seeing and perceiving of what seems to be familiar to get a clear view of the world as habitat. He mainly uses a large format camera, where he largely refrains from digital processing. At the center of Struth’s work is “precise seeing” and especially the relationship between the viewer and the object. In his work groups, he regularly questions perspectives of given photographic subjects, avoids habitual ways of seeing and thus expands the concept of photographic art. In his series of landscapes, he points to the presence of humans by showing their absence and their influence on the rural environment. In this way, the group of works called “Unconscious Places” displays mega-cities and forms a distinct contribution to urban anthropology.
Thomas Struth was born in Geldern am Niederrhein in 1954. Struth lives and works in Berlin and New York.