Thomas Struth, Crosby Street, New York/Soho, 1978, black-and-white photograph, 17 1/4 x 22".


Thomas Struth: Photographs 1979-2010

K20 Grabbeplatz
Grabbeplatz 5
February 26–June 19, 2011

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
July 5–September 16, 2011

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Rua Dom João de Castro, 210
October 1, 2011–February 28, 2012

Kunsthalle Zurich
Limmatstrasse 270
July 17, 2013–September 12, 2010

Curated by Tobia Bezzola, Anette Kruszynski, and James Lingwood

Asked to pinpoint the essence of photography, Thomas Struth said it was “a communicative and analytical medium,” and his work is a prime example of that rigorous, intellectual approach. One of the most successful graduates of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s Düsseldorf School, Struth is also one of the strictest adherents to its influential version of Neue Sachlichkeit. This three-decade survey rounds up nearly one hundred works, from his earliest, modestly scaled and unpopulated black-and-white streetscapes to the massive color views of thronged museum and cathedral interiors that have come to define his oeuvre, concluding with a series of big new studies of industrial sites.