Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth: Unconscious Places
by Richard Sennett
Publisher's Description
Mundane buildings, nondescript streets, anonymous facades-these are the features that first strike in viewing Thomas Struth's pictures of streets-'unconscious places'. Both in black-and-white and in color, Struth uses a frontal, eye-height view, with no optical distortion to disrupt the impression that what we see is a neutral, objective recording of reality. At the same time, Struth's urban landscapes are also a critical depiction of different human habitats. This volume presents a comprehensive survey of Struth's street views from the 1970s to 2010: narrow lanes in Edinburgh, Wuhan, Naples, and Erfurt; satellite towns in Paris, Leverkusen, Chicago, and Pyongyang; thoroughfares in Brussels, Lima, and Los Angeles; grand boulevards in St. Petersburg, New York City, and Beijing. Frequently there is an almost total absence of people in his cityscapes, which provides a feeling of desolation. In contrast, his famous Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, is bustling with people and billboards.
ISBN: 3829606184
Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel
Hardcover : 300 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.9 x 11.4 x 1.5 inches
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