Thomas Struth (1954, Geldern) is mostly known for his photographs of urban structures of postwar Germany and later on for exploring intimate social structures through the family portrait. For his most recent show at Marian Goodman Gallery, Struth takes viewers inside industrial and scientific structures of technological production such as pharmaceutical plants, space stations, nuclear facilities and physics institutes. In keeping with his previous observation of the relationship between history, man and his environment, these images reveal the hopes and promises of technological and scientific advancement.
Thomas Struth was born in 1954 in Geldern, Germany and now lives in Düsseldorf and Berlin. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf, 1973 – 1980. In 1978 he was the first artist in residence at P.S. 1 Studios, Long Island City. From 1993 – 1996 he was the first Professor of Photography at the newly founded Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. He was awarded the Spectrum International Photography Prize, Stiftung Niedersachsen, Germany in 1997, and the Werner Mantz Prize for Photography, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1992.
Recent solo exhibitions include Thomas Struth, the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece (2009); Familienleben, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany (2008); Thomas Struth, MADRE: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy (2008); Photographs by Thomas Struth, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Symra, Florida (2007); Making Time, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain (2007); Thomas Struth: Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru (2005); Pergamon Museum, Museum für Fotografie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (2004). In 2002 – 2003 a retrospective of his work was shown at The Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago.
Images and artist bio provided by Marian Goodman Gallery