Sunday, September 2, 2007

Thomas Struth: Strangers And Friends

The other day while perusing the stacks of used photography books at the Raven bookstore in Harvard Square, I came across a rare, out-of-print copy of Thomas Struth's Strangers And Friends . This monograph, originally published in 1994 by MIT Press, collects 3 different bodies of work from the late 70's through the early 90's. From Stuth's highly meticulous explorations of the modern metropolis, to his often frenzied museum photographs and finally his intimate series of family portraits; Strangers amasses an impressive breadth of work from one of contemporary photography's most diverse artists.

Whether photographing deserted city streets, or people's interactions with art in formal Museum settings, Struth's strength as an image maker lies in his restrained photographic manner. His work speaks to the conscious, and often subconscious ways in which we perceive our surroundings. Ultimately these perceptions make us evaluate our own relationships, not only to the people and objects that encompass us, but to society as a whole.

If anyone comes across this monograph I would highly recommend picking it up. There is a great deal to absorb but it is well worth the time invested.

All Images © Thomas Struth