Image: South Lake Street Apartments II, Chicago
(Geldern, Germany, 1954 - )

South Lake Street Apartments II, Chicago , 1990

Gelatin silver print
28 3/8 in. x 33 3/4 in. (72.07 cm x 85.73 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
Thomas Struth helped lead a revolution in photography.  He and other young German photographers forged a new look and scale for the medium in the 1980s, one that enabled photographs to compete for visual attention in galleries with painting and sculpture.

Struth’s black and white cityscapes demonstrate his brilliance at structuring pictures.  These include public housing projects, monsters spawned from failed utopian ideals of the high-rise city.  Struth transmutes their bleak geometry into formal elegance without losing its oppressiveness.
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