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Thomas Struth

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on June 10, 2010 in Art
  • Like his countryman Andreas Gursky, German photographer Thomas Struth uses large format photos to document the social and environmental history of our time. In his new collection, on view until June 19 at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, Struth lifts the veil on hidden industrial and scientific spaces, confronting the viewer with clean, clinical images of places and things that are typically invisible to the public. A massive offshore oil rig is prepared for launch in Korea; NASA scientists work on a space shuttle in Cape Canaveral; the world's largest nuclear fusion experiment lies in rest. At once blankly objective and overtly critical, the stunning images urge viewers to question the meaning of industrial ventures.

    Photos, left to right:

    • Stellerator Wendelstein, nuclear fusion facility, Germany
    • Semi-submersible offshore oil rig, South Korea
    • Nuclear reactor pressure vessel, Germany
    • Space shuttle 2 Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral
    • Upgrade interior, nuclear fusion facility, Germany


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