Thomas Struth was born in 1954 in Geldern in the German state of
Nordrhein-Westfalen, near Düsseldorf. He trained under Gerhard Richter
and Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1973 to
Richter's early blurred "photopaintings" as well as the Bechers'
direct, methodically composed black-and-white photographs of Germany's
industrial landscape left a lasting impression on the young artist.
Initially interested in painting, Struth turned his attention to
photography in 1976. Two years later, he was awarded the
Kunstakademie's first scholarship to New York, where he produced a
series of black-and-white cityscapes. These deadpan views, taken from
the center of various streets, orogallery.com
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