Thomas Struth: Museum Photographs. Text (in English) by Hans Belting. Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1993/1998. 72 pp. First edition thus. Signed on front free-endpaper. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 17 color reproductions with 8 smaller color and black-and-white reference illustrations.
The first English edition of this important body of work, not to be confused with a later 2005 re-issue from the same publisher. The text, now in English, is by eminent art historian Hans Belting. Struth studied with both painter Gerhard Richter and photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. His museum images express his "interest in the fate of art in museums." Are picture galleries, he asks, "like cemeteries or a living organism where people can nourish themselves about aspects of human existence?"--reference, Phyllis Tuchman, On Thomas Struth's "Museum Photographs"