A study showing the streetscapes of Düsseldorf, New York City, Rome, China, and elsewhere; the family portraits; the museum photographs; the flowers, plants, and rainforests; and most recently, the studies of science and technology
In 2005 the German artist Thomas Struth worked in the Museo del Prado on his celebrated series devoted to museums which he began almost two decades ago and which focuses on the works on display and on museum visitors. Two years further on, the Prado presented, for the first time, the result of Struth's experience in the Museum, alongside a special selection of works from his unique "Tour" of institutions such as the Tokyo National Museum, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and the Art Institute of Chicago, amongst others. Distributed throughout the Museum's galleries, Struth's photographs proposed a contemporary reflection on the different ways of presenting art and on the individual or collective experience of the viewer within the conceptual context of the museum. In parallel, the project was completed by a special installation - in the exhibition galleries of the Museum's new extension before its inauguration of three of his most recent works in the Prado. the Hermitage and the Accademia in Florence.
"Since the 1990s, Thomas Struth has been one of the most renowned and influential photographers of the German art scene. A brilliant conceptualist with an unerring eye for color, Struth studied painting under Gerhard Richter and photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher, a combination that decisively influenced his vision. This volume collects more than 120 representative photographs from each series in Struth's oeuvre, including: early street photographs from the 1970s and '80s ('Unconscious Places'); the "Family Portraits" series; the "Museum Photographs"; "Nature and Politics"; the jungle photographs ("New Pictures from Paradise"); and, from his latest series, images from the realm of science. Also included are previously unpublished works from the photographer's archive. The largest and most comprehensive survey of the artist's work to date, this superbly illustrated volume includes scholarly essays by curators Thomas Weski and Ulrich Wilmes, as well as photographer Jana-Maria Hartmann. An interview with the artist by Okwui Enwezor, Director of Haus der Kunst, provides valuable insight into Struth's career and ideas."
Thomas Ruff is acknowledged as a leading innovator in the generation of German artists that propelled photography into mainstream art. For more than two decades, he has pushed the limits of the photographic medium, harnessing technologies both old and new. Traditionally, photograms are made by placing objects onto photosensitive paper and exposing the paper to light, thereby recording the silhouettes of the objects. Captivated by this method but seeking to work beyond its limitations, Ruff collaborated with a 3-D imaging expert to design a virtual darkroom that would enable him to experiment with an infinite range of forms.Negatives are a direct result of Ruff’s photogram process; the white and slate-blue images are inverted versions of early-twentieth-century nude studies.
When Robert Frank immigrated to New York from Zurich in 1947, the aspiring young photographer brought along hisportfolio of 40 photos to help him secure employment. Portfolio is the facsimile version of this fascinating object.Containing Frank¿s earliest original photographs as well as the work of other photographers which he had retouched,the portfolio presents images of rural life in Switzerland and alpine landscapes, alongside cityscapes and still lifes.Portfolio contains the seeds of a career of such scope and influence even the ambitious 23-year-old Robert Frankcould not have anticipated. Robert Frank was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1924 and went to the United States in 1947. He is ...
A handsome, compact new edition of the singularly reliable translation of the writings of history's most famous seer-now published with a new afterword on Nostradamus and 2012. The prophecies of Nostradamus have ignited intense fascination throughout the West since they were first published in the sixteenth century. These enigmatic quatrains have gained special meaning for many during our current countdown to the year 2012. The relationship between Nostradamus's prophecies and the Mayan prophecy of 2012 is hotly debated over the Internet and is the focus of today's most popular television documentaries. Now The Essential Nostradamus-the definitive literal translation of his key verses-is red...
In this deluxe commemorative edition, LIFE's editors focus on the publication's achievements more tightly than they ever have before: This is truly the best of everything LIFE has accomplished. In these pages are the best war photos ever taken for LIFE; the best photo essays ever to grace our pages (including the works of Capa and Parks and Smith); the loveliest pictures from Hollywood (in fact, the best pictures of Marilyn Monroe ever taken by such as Halsmann, Eisenstaedt and her dear friend Milton Greene), the best sports pictures, the funniest pictures we ever ran. The best pictures from the space race, and the most significant pictures to the human race, including Lennart Nilsson's "Life Before Birth." This is a premium volume of LIFE, and beyond its 200-plus pages, which include a review of every LIFE cover ever published, there is, included here, the ultimate premium: The first-ever LIFE issue, with the Margaret Bourke-White photograph of the Fort Peck Dam on the cover, reprinted in its entirety, at actual size (which was really big 10 1/2" x 14") and able to be detached. We've come a long way: We, you, those places, LIFE itself. This book tells, and celebrates, that voyage.