Thomas Struth was trained between 1973 and 1980 at the Staatliche Künstakademie in Dusseldorf, where he first studied painting and drawing under Gerhard Richter and Peter Kleeman. However, his interest in the realistic treatment of representation soon drew him to the medium of photography and he joined the class given by Bernd and Hilla Becher at the institution, along with other recognised photographers of his generation like Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky or Thomas Ruff. In 1978 he received a grant to study at PS1 in New York, where he completed his training and discovered the work of the leading exponents of American documentary photography: Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander or Stephen Shore, among others. Since then, following the dictates of his teachers in Dusseldorf, his photography has aspired to the creation of an objective record of the society we live in. It has developed in series, first in black and white and later in colour, almost always large format, about very precise subjects, such as his work on cities, landscapes, families or museums all over the world, some of them still in process. One of the outstanding features of his production is the perfect capture of the socio-historical atmosphere and the psychological qualities of the settings and individuals portrayed.
Alberto Sánchez Balmisa