1990, 76 pp., 42 b/w illus., paperback
Essay by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh
Published in conjunction with Struth's 1990 Renaissance Society exhibition-his first at a North American museum-this catalog documents the early architectural photographs for which Struth initially became known. Like an archeologist, Struth excises generation after generation of architecture layered within the urban infrastructure, and in the spirit of his predecessors and teachers, Bernd and Hilla Becher, this work as a whole serves as an record of the constantly transforming urban landscape. In his catalogue essay, Buchloh writes: "inasmuch as the work establishes itself in the triangle between photography, artistic sculptural practice, and architecture, it comments on their mutual interdependence. The longer one contemplates these images, the more it becomes obvious that Struth is also building an archive of a disappearing world."