Thomas Struth  (German, 1954) 

Thomas Struth (German, b.1954) is a preeminent contemporary photographer, known for his images of urban scenes, jungles, and portraits. Struth was born in Geldern, Germany, and studied painting and photography with artists including Gerhard Richter (German, b.1932) and Bernd Becher at the Düsseldorf School of Art from 1973 to 1980. Much of his early works are black and white photographs of urban scenes, particularly industrial spaces and deserted streets, which reflect the changing conditions of contemporary society in his observations of architecture and urban development.

He later photographed specific cities, including the streets of New York, Tokyo, Berlin, and Chicago, in examinations of the relationships between people in urban spaces. His more recent works, often in color, include photographs of jungles, forests, and natural landscapes from around the world, rendered in meticulous detail. Additionally, Struth has created many engaging single and family portraits, and is known for his famous Museum series, photographing viewers worldwide as they look at works of art and architecture, in an examination of both the momentary and eternal in contemporary culture. Struth has had many solo exhibitions, including a major retrospective held at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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Thomas Struth, Hermitage 3, St. Petersburg 2005


Thomas Struth
Hermitage 3, St. Petersburg 2005

Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Thomas Struth, Paradise 32, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru


Thomas Struth
Paradise 32, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru

Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Thomas Struth, Rua Venceslaû Bràs


Thomas Struth
Rua Venceslaû Bràs

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Thomas Struth, AGLAE, C2RMF, Paris 2013


Thomas Struth
AGLAE, C2RMF, Paris 2013

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Thomas Struth, Museo del Prado 8, Madrid


Thomas Struth
Museo del Prado 8, Madrid

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Thomas Struth, Mobile Art 2, Hong Kong


Thomas Struth
Mobile Art 2, Hong Kong

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Thomas Struth, Seamless Tube Production, Tenaris Siderca, Campana-Buenos Aires


Thomas Struth
Seamless Tube Production, Tenaris Siderca, Campana-Buenos Aires

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Thomas Struth, Untitled


Thomas Struth
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Thomas Struth, Untitled


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Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
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Thomas Struth, Mais-Acker Nachder ernte n°34, Winterthur


Thomas Struth
Mais-Acker Nachder ernte n°34, Winterthur, 1993


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Thomas Struth, Plant N°16, Small Sunflower with black kernel, Winterthur (+ Plant N°18, Kleine Geschlossenen Sonnenblume, Winterthur; 2 works)


Thomas Struth
Plant N°16, Small Sunflower with black kernel, Winterthur (+ Plant N°18, Kleine Geschlossenen Sonnenblume, Winterthur; 2 works), 1992


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Thomas Struth, String Handling, Solarworld, Freiberg


Thomas Struth
String Handling, Solarworld, Freiberg, 2011
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1954   Born in Geldern/Lower Rhein, Germany
1978   Scholarship from the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf, Germany for P.S.1 Studios, Long Island City, New York, USA
1973 - 1980   Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf, Germany
1993 - 1996   Professor of Photography, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe
1997   Recipient, 'Spectrum' International Prize for Photography from Stiftung Niedersachsen
  Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany
2014   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2014   Thomas Struth - Five Works, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo)
2014   Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2014   Temi e variazioni. L'impero della luce, Peggy Guggenheim, Venezia, Italy
2013   Ages. Portraits vom Älterwerden, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne; traveling to Landesgalerie - Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz (catalogue)
2013   Staring Back, Museum of National Taipei University of Education, Taipei (catalogue)
2013   Ein Drittel Weiß, KIT - Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf
2013   Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Caroliner Collections, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
2013   1. Sommerausstellung, Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst in Weidingen, Weidungen, Germany (solo)
2012   Photography, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2012   The Queen: Art and Image, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2012   Real to Real: Photographs from the Trevor Traina Collection, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco/de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
2012   Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present, The National Gallery, London, UK
2012   Biennale di Architettura, Venezia, Italy
2012   Press Play. L'arte e i mezzi d'informazione. Fondazione sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy
2012   La temperatura mentale della fotografia. Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
2012   Stadt und Land, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2012   Darren Bader: Images, P.S.1, New York, USA
2012   The Queen: Art and Image, National Museum Wales, Cardiff, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2012   Conversations. Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2012   WUNDER, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Germany
2012   La Triennale - Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2012   Arte torna Arte - La contemporaneita e le sue radici, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Firenze, Italy
2012   Thomas Struth (Europatournee), Museo Servales, Porto
2011   Thomas Struth (Europatournee), Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf
2011   Thomas Struth (Europatournee), Whitechapel Gallery, London
2010   Thomas Struth (Europatournee), Kunsthaus Zurich
2009   The Making of Art, Schirn/Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
2009   Horizons, Beyerle Foundation, Basel
2009   Sechzig Jahre - Sechzig Werke, Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2009   Michelangelo - La pietà Rondanini e il Crocefisso ritrovato, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
2009   Terra di nessuno, Museo Riso, Naples
2009   Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, curated by Sarah Hermanson Meister, MOMA
2009   Thomas Struth, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athen (solo)
2008   Paradise, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz (solo)
2008   Familienleben, Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich (solo)
2008   Family Portraits, Greta Meert Gallery, Brussels (solo)
2008   Family Portraits, De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, NL (solo)
2008   Museo MADRE, Naples. Curated by Mario Codognato (solo)
2008   Familienleben, Die Photographische Sammlung, SK-Stiftung Kultur, Cologne (solo)
2008   Family Portraits, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam (solo)
2008   Kavalierstart 1978-1982, Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2008   Paradies und Zurüch, Schlob Dyck, Jüchen bei Neuss
2008   Art for the Spirit_Works from the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2008   Dürer und...Künstler der Akademie, Akademie Galerie-Die Neue Sammlung
2008   All-inclusive-A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
2008   No Leftovers, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
2008   Die Tropen, Ansidhten von der Mitte der Weltkugel, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2008   Troubled Waters. Zwölf Stilleben aus der Siemens Fotosammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne. Galerie Neue Meister del Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Sempergalerie im Zwinger, Dresden
2008   Madonna meets Mao, in Kooperation mit der Yatego Foundation,China, Galerie Neue Meister der Staatlichen kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Dresden
2008   Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
2008   God & Goods, Villa Manin, Udine, Italia
2008   Paradies und zurück, Schloss Dyck, Jüchen bei Neuss, Germany
2008   Vertrautes Terrain, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
2008   REAL, Fotografien aus der Sammlung der DZ Bank, Das Städl, Frankfurt, Germany
2008   The Museum as Medium, Marco de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
2008   Die Tropen, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
2008   Troubled Water, Galerie Neue Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
2008   Objectivités, Musée de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
2008   20th Century Photography, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2008   Museo MADRE, Naples
2008   Familienleben, die photographische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany
2008   Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007   Making Time, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2007   Making Time, Museo del Prado, Madrid (cat., solo)
2007   Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (solo)
2007   Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano (solo)
2007   Spectacular City, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
2007   Kommando Friedrich Hölderlin Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler/Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Osram-Höfe, Berlin, Germany
2007   unter sternen. aus der sammlung willy michel. fotografie, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
2006 - 2007   Peintres de la vie Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2006 - 2007   The 80s: A Topology, Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Porto, Lisbon, Portugal
2006   Click double Click, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
2006   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels (solo)
2006   Cinema Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble
2006   More than meets the eye, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MARCO) Deutsche Bank Collection, Monterrey Mexico
2006   Edward Steichen Photography Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2006   Tiefenschärfe Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
2006   Why Picture Now, Mumok Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
2006   Spectacular City, NAI, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam
2006   Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
2006   Faste !Bigger! Better! Zentrum für Medientechnologie, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
2006   Carbonic Anhydride galerie Max Hetzler Temporary, Berlin
2006   ArchiSkulptur, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
2006   Medium Fotografie, Stampa Galerie, Basel
2006   Os Anos 80, Museo Serralves, Porto
2006   Thomas Struth & Rinek Dijkstra, Galerie Xippas, Athens
2006   Der Kontrakt des Fotografen Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2006   Der Himmel auf Erden. Der Blick des Künstlers auf den Garten vom Mittelalter bis Zur Gegenwart Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main; Lenbach Haus Munich
2005   Die Ordnung der Natur, O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst OÖ, Linz (part I) and Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau (part II)
2005   Kreuz und Kruzifix. Zeichen und Bild, Diözesanmuseum Freising
2005   25 Deutsche Bank, Zum Jubiläum der Deutsche Bank Sammlung, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
2005   Gerhard Richter - Ohne Farbe, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf (CH)
2005   Some Trees, NAK –Neuer Aachener Kunstverein
2005   Contemporary Voices – Works from the UBS Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005   Kontexte der Fotografie, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen
2005   Audience, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (solo)
2005   Thomas Struth Yosemite, Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich (solo)
2005   Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam (solo)
2005   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2005   Audience / 'Read this like seeing it for the first time', Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (solo)
2005   Thomas Struth – Museum Photographs 1987 – 2004, Galleri K, Oslo (solo)
2004   Pergamon Museum 1-6, Museum für Fotografie, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (solo)
2004   Thomas Struth – Une Heure (Video Portraits), CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (solo)
2004   Stephen Shore – Thomas Struth, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (solo)
2004   Forme per il David: Baselitz, Fabro, Kounellis, Morris, Struth, Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence
2004   Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
2004   Obdachlose fotografieren Passanten. Ein Projekt für fiftyfifty von Thomas Struth, fiftyfifty-Galerie, Düsseldorf
2004   German Art. Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht. Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum, Städel, Frankfurt
2004   26th Bienal de Sao Paulo
2003   raum, zeit, architektur in der fotografie, Oldenburger Kunstverein/Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte im Augusteum, Oldenburg
2003   Cruel and Tender, Tate Modern, London and Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2003   Affinities ... Now And Then, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City
2003   The Big Picture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2003   Warum!, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2003   Schachtelhalm und Löwenzahn. Vom Herbarisieren und Fokussieren, Landesmuseum Johanneum, Graz
2003   Thomas Struth – 1977-2002, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York & MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (solo)
2003   Thomas Struth - Cities, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris; Pergamon Museum, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milano (solo)
2003   Strassen, Galleri K, Oslo (solo)
2002   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (solo)
2002   The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York & MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
2002   New Pictures from Paradise, Centro de Fotografia, Univesidad de Salamanca & Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
2002   Thomas Struth 1977-2002, DMA, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas & MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Germany
2002   Heute bis jetzt. Zeitgenössische Fotografie aus Düsseldorf, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany
2002   Sammlungspräsentation, Kunstsammlung NRW, Germany
2002   Wallflower, Kunsthaus Zürich, Austria
2002   Open City: Aspects of Street Photpography 1950-2000, Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao
2002   Zwischen Schönheit und Sachlichkeit, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2002   AUGENBLICK: Foto/Kunst, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria
2002   The viewer as participant, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
2001   City, Museo Pecci, Prato (cat.)
2001   Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
2001   Pictures from Dandelion Room, Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, München, Germany
2001   En plein terre, Kunstsammlung Basel
2001   Ex(o)dus, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
2001   En plein terre, Kunstsammlung Basel
2001   Museum of Desires, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
2000   Milano senza confini, Spazio Oberdan, Milano (cat.)
2000   Quotidiana, Castello di Rivoli (cat.)
2000   Thomas Struth: My Portrait, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
1999   Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano
1999   Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
1999   Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
1998   Biennale of Sidney, Sidney, Australia
1998   Still, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997   Positionen künsterlicher Photographie in Deutchland nach 1945, Berlinische Galerie im Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Germany
1997   Museum Studies-Eleven Photographer's Views, High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA
1997   Contemporary Photography Absolute Landscape - Between Illusion & Reality, , Museum of Art Yokohama, Japan
1997   Thomas Struth: Portraits, Spengel Museum Hannover, Germany
1996   Nobuyoshi Araki, Larry Clark, Thomas Struth, Christopher Williams, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
1995   Streets: Photography 1976 to 1995, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
1994   Strangers and Friends, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, England
1994   The Epic and the Everyday, The Hayward Gallery London, England
1994   Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, MA
1993   Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
1992   Museum Haus Lange Krefeld, Germany
1992   Aus der Distanz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf, Germany
1992   Documenta IX, Kassel
1992   Hirschhorn Museum at The Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC
1991   The Carnegie International 1991, Carnegie Museum of Modern Art Pittsburgh, PA
1990   Aperto OE 90, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1990   The Renaissance Society Chicago, IL
1988   Another Objectivity, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, England
1987   Skulptur Projekte Münster OE 87, Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster
1987   Unconscious Places, The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland
1978   Streets of New York City, PS1 New York