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Start Date:15th May 2012
End Date:20th January 2013
Thomas Struth

This display focuses on portraits of families by the distinguished German photographer Thomas Struth.

Born in 1954, Struth studied at Dusseldorf Academy (1973-80) where his teachers included the painter Gerhard Richter and the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. His engagement with photography dates from 1976. Working at first in black and white and subsequently in colour, Struth’s mature style is characterised by formal precision and an approach that is essentially straightforward, avoiding narrative or artificial effects. His principal motifs include buildings, street scenes, visitors to churches and museums, landscapes, nature studies and portraits.

Struth’s interest in photographing families relates to his own early experience of family albums. The photographs contained in albums form a compendium of information about individuals and their place within a genetically connected group. Struth’s family photographs explore the idea of connectedness, a context in which a person’s appearance, personality and psychology are formed. Characteristically, Struth’s sitters arrange themselves. The resulting images invite the viewer to contemplate the nature of the relationships depicted.

This display complements Struth’s recently commissioned portrait of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh which can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in the exhibition The Queen: Art and Image until 21 October 2012

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Address:St Martin's Place
London
WC2H OHE
England
Venue Website:www.npg.org.uk
Phone:+44 (0) 20 7306 0055
Current Exhibitions:Snowdon: A Life In View
Future Exhibitions:Snowdon: A Life In View
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Images from Thomas Struth

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