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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Thomas Struth

Dates:  1954 -
Born:  Germany, Niederrhein, Geldern
Active:  Germany
Gender:  Male
Landscape, family shots and buildings.

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Biography provided by Focal Press 
Studied with Gerhard Richter and Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Germany, where a new generation of photographers emerged in the 1980s and were noted for the cool intellectual detachment and epic scale of their color photographic work. The conceptual underpinnings of Struth’s training find form in psychological landscapes of contemporary urban malaise. With precise detail, saturated color, and grand scope, he pictures such public spaces as church and museum interiors with a contemplative detachment that can also be found in his earlier black and white images of city streets. He has exhibited internationally since the late 1980s, and has numerous monographs published of his work. He lives in Düsseldorf. 
(Author: Garie Waltzer - Photographer and consultant) 
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Bryson, Norman; Buchloh, Benjamin H.D. & Weski, Thomas (essays), 2001, Thomas Struth: Portraits, (Munich: P Schirmer/Mosel) [Δ
Hartmann, Ingo & Reust, Hans Rudolf (essays), 2002, Thomas Struth: New Pictures from Paradise, (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel) [Δ
Schwarz, Dieter (essay), 2001, Thomas Struth: Dandelion Room, (NY.: DAP/Shirmer/Mosel) [Δ
Struth, Thomas, 1987, Unbewußte Orte - Subconscious Places, (Köln: Walther König) [Δ
Struth, Thomas, 1993, Museum Photographs, (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel) [Δ
Struth, Thomas, 1995, Straßen: Fotografie 1976 bis 1995, (Cologne: Wienand Verlag) [Δ
Struth, Thomas, 2001, Still, (New York: The Monacelli Press) [Δ
Struth, Thomas; Lingwood, J. & Teitelbaum, M. (eds.), 1994, Thomas Struth: Strangers and Friends: Photographs 1986–1992, (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press) [Δ
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online ( has a biography of this artist. 
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The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA has a biography on this photographer. [Scroll down the page on this website as the biography may not be immediately visible.]Show on this siteGo to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• International Center of Photography 1999 Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection (New York: A Bulfinch Press Book) p.229 [Includes a well written short biography on Thomas Struth with example plate(s) earlier in book.] 
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