Born 1954, Geldern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; lives and works in Berlin and New York City.
Thomas Struth’s midcareer retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, showed the creative range that has made him one of the foremost photographers working today. Through studying with painter Gerhard Richter and photographer Bernd Becher, Struth developed strong visual and conceptual roots. Struth often works in series to document a variety of subjects such as portraits, urban scenes, and rain forests. In one of his best-known series, the Museum Photographs, he captured visitors admiring great works of art. In such projects, Struth's work examines both a sense of transience and timelessness in contemporary culture.
The work of Thomas Struth is held in the permanent collections of many museums and institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.