Thomas STRUTH was born in 1954 in Geldern, Germany, and studied painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorffrom, taught by the maestro Gerhard Richter, and Photography taught by Prof. Bernd Becher. STRUTH is named one of the most recognized photographers in the world.
STRUTH has caught our attention since the 1980's ordinary yet ostensible and very complex cityscape and landscape Paradise series, as well as various portraiture photographs of a person or the family. Within his photographs, one of the most important factors which takes place is the interiors of a certain architecture and the position which the audiences follow through. In his Audience series, his intention was to capture the beauty of the audiences' stance towards the museum artifacts, and the wonders of their sensations in his camera lenses. He chose the Museums or the Art Museums as settings for his works. He once mentioned that in his photographs the modern art museums possess the same meanings and significations as what the churches or temples do. With Cindy Sherman, Andrea Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Jeff Wall, STRUTH is identified as one of the most renowned photographers in the modern art world.
Thomas Struth had a solo exhibition at GALLERY HYUNDAI in 2010. Here, he represented his works which photographed the scenes of Korea. 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. Notable past and ongoing solo exhibitions include the artist’s major touring retrospective, Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978 – 2010 at Kunsthaus Zurich. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20, Dusseldorf; The Whitechapel Gallery, London. and Museo Serralves, Porto.