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Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth is one of those artists credited with establishing photography as a major medium in contemporary art. Struth studied under Gerhard Richter and Bernd Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1973–1980), moving from painting to photography and thus becoming part of a new generation of photographers. He won a scholarship to work at P.S.1 in New York in 1978.

His early work consisted of black-and-white studies of deserted streets and bird’s-eye views of cities such as Düsseldorf, Berlin, Paris, London and New York. He then turned to colour, including peopled street scenes in the Far East as well as flowers, deserts and primeval forests. His Paradise series consists of photographs taken in the jungles of Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hawaii and Japan. His images contain a wealth of delicately branched information, which makes it almost impossible to isolate single forms.

Since his first exhibitions in New York and Bonn, Struth has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world. During 2010, his work has been shown in group exhibitions in Munich, Amsterdam, Oslo, Paris, Madrid, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Luxemburg, Emden, Essen and Bedburg-Hau. In addition, he has had solo exhibitions in Zurich, Bochum, Berlin, Seoul and New York.

His work is held in the collections of the world’s leading museums and galleries including Tate, London, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Kunstmuseum Bonn and Leeum – Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul.

In 1997, Thomas Struth was awarded the Spectrum International Prize for Photography.

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