Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics

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This catalogue accompanies a museum exhibition of the latest work of German artist, Thomas Struth. The touring show focuses on photographs Struth has made since his last major retrospective, which covered the years 1978–2010. The catalogue comprises 65 works (plus details) and includes all of the 30 works in the exhibition to create the most comprehensive book of Struth’s recent work.

In recent years technology and the constructed landscape have become overarching subjects for Struth. Photographing at sites of techno-industrial and scientific research, including physics institutes, pharmaceutical plants, space stations, dockyards, nuclear facilities and operating theatres – he has focused on machines which are some of the transformative instruments of our contemporary world, and edifices of technological production where the heights of human knowledge are enacted, debated and advanced. These works explore the aesthetics of innovation and experimentation through the recording of structural complexities and allude to the hidden structures of control, power and influence exerted by advanced technologies.

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Description

Thomas Struth (b. 1954) is internationally recognised for his wide-ranging work, which includes photographs of urban views and architecture, landscapes, portraits, museums and places of worship. He trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1973–80), and, during that time, he was the first artist in residence at the P.S.1 Studios in Long Island City. From 1993 to 1996 he was the first Professor of Photography at the newly founded Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. He has exhibited all over the world, and a large number of monographs have been published of his oeuvre, including Thomas Struth (MACK, 2014), and Thomas Struth: Unconscious Places (Schirmer/Mosel, 2012).

Additional information

title

Nature & Politics

photographer

Thomas Struth

text

Tobia Bezzola, Dirk Baecker and D. Graham Burnett

design

Lewis Chaplin

publisher

Mack

ISBN

9781910164471

year

2016

binding

Large-format paperback book with 4 colour printed acetate jacket, numerous gatefolds and 8 Japanese papers

size

24×35 cm

pages

214

illustrations

95

language

English

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