“LUSHLY ROMANTIC, A CHROMATIC ORCHESTRATION”: MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHS, SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER THOMAS STRUTH
(STRUTH, Thomas). BELTING, Hans. Thomas Struth. Museum Photographs. (Munich): Schirmer/Mosel, (1998). Oblong quarto, original blue cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $1100.
First edition in English, signed by Struth on the half title, a “complicated dialogue between photography and painting” (Parr & Badger), with 20 color and four black-white photographs.
“Thomas Struth is one of the most promising of a young generation of German photographer-artists influenced by Hilla and Bernd Becher… the sureness of his eye is unmistakable” (New York Times). Struth’s continuing fascination with public spaces is expressed here one of his most acclaimed photobooks, Museum Photographs. Using a European 13x 18 camera, Struth would wait for hours to capture “pictures of people in some of the major museums of the world… engaged in the act of looking at paintings… The layers of meaning in Struth’s imagery unfold [when seen]… as a meditation on the complicated dialogue between photography and painting” (Parr & Badger II:272). “Struth’s colors are lushly romantic, a chromatic orchestration for the many-sided reverie released by the images” (New York Magazine). Essay by Hans Belting. First edition in English; first German edition published 1993.
A fine copy, scarce signed.