October 29, 2011–January 15, 2012
Organized by the High Museum of Art, this special installation features works from four distinct projects, including Struth’s Museum Photographs series, in which he focused on museum visitors’ interactions with the artwork, his Paradise series, which depicts the inner depths of jungles around the world, his Portraits series, which offers emotionally complex scenes of tight family units within their own homes, and his most recent work documenting the structural intricacies of techno-industrial spaces that takes the viewer deep into normally inaccessible industrial and scientific territory. Shown at left, the Stellerator Wendelstein 7-X Detail Max Planck IPP, Greifswald, Germany, taken within a German nuclear facility, presents an overwhelming mix of metal and wire in monumental scale, thus inspiring visual wonder of the technological realm. Together, the prints on view demonstrate Struth’s interest in tightly structured, intellectual, and psychologically charged work.
Born in 1954 in Geldern, Germany, artist Thomas Struth is widely recognized and celebrated for his work in large-format photography. Struth began his artistic studies by training under Gerhard Richter and Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during the years of 1973-1980. Initially drawn to painting, Struth turned fully to photography in 1976 and began creating large-scale prints. His skillfully composed images document subjects in a detailed fashion while simultaneously framing a space ripe for contemplation.