Thomas Struth
Swiss Re Corporate responsibility
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 1999
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 1999 · C-Print, 176,5 x 223 cm
Pantheon, Rom, 1990
Pantheon, Rom, 1990 · C-Print, 179,2 x 233,7 cm

Sites of Commemoration Between 1995 and 2003 Struth produced a ‘family’ of photographs featuring groups of people gathered at emblematic locations, whether as tourists or as pilgrims. Struth believes such places offer ‘a monumental emotional channeling of overwhelming experience’. In 1995, at the Church of San Zaccaria in Venice, the artist composed a photograph around the central figures of the Madonna with Child in Giovanni Bellini’s ‘Sacra conversazione’, but focused on the visitors to the church as they encountered the work each in his or her own way. Struth produced additional pictures in 1998 in surroundings both sacred and profane, including the duomo in Milan, Monreale cathedral in Palermo, and Times Square and Yosemite National Park in the US.