Thomas Struth

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Whether old and lined with decaying, war-ravaged buildings, as in Scherlstraße, Leipzig, 1991, 1991, or new and lined with the latest apartment houses—tenements in functional disguise—as in Ferdinand-von-Schüll-Straße, Dessau, 1991, 1991, or middle-aged and a partial archaeological record of Wilhelminian architecture, as in Schlosstraße, Wittenberg, 1991, 1991, Thomas Struth’s streets are as gray, deadpan, and uniform as his photographs of them. Even in the three photographs that add a flash of color to this extensive exhibition of the East German scene, the streets are empty and unhaunted—literal voids that bespeak the barrenness of East German life.

All of Struth’s photographs are stark, noncommital, and self-effacing, in the best tradition of straight photography: apparently matter-of-fact documentation. All the scenes are simply structured: usually a central street flanked by buildings,

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