For his fifth and latest ongoing series, photographer Thomas Struth has been transforming science into art. Over the past ten years, the Berlin-based artist has been traveling to nuclear facilities, biomedical research centers, physics institutes, and robotics laboratories across several continents, photographing them with large-format as well as smaller cameras. Struth is currently making pictures of machines that see things not discernible to the naked eye. From the body of work he has titled “Nature & Politics,” 2007–, two dozen or so riveting prints of varying dimensions inaugurate the exhibition space at Rice University’s new Moody Center for the Arts.
Struth’s photographs are a revelation, especially for those who are not scientifically inclined. The otherworldly, often cavernous spaces glimpsed in these works of art are otherwise seen only by the researchers and technicians
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