Thomas Struth
Swiss Re Corporate responsibility
Audience 7, Florenz, 2004
Audience 7, Florenz, 2004 · C-Print, 179,5 x 288,3 cm · Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Audience 5, Florenz, 2004
Audience 5, Florenz, 2004 · C-Print, 179,5 x 309 cm· Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Viewers While still at work on his museum photographs Struth had begun to think about photographing viewers of a given work of art from the perspective of the work itself. The idea seemed doomed before it even got off the ground as the artist encountered obstacles both technical and legal, until an invitation to an exhibition in honour of Michelangelo’s quincentenary at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence provided him with the opportunity to launch his project at last. In 2005 Struth produced a second series, consisting of close-ups of viewers of a single work at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, by positioning his camera next to a given work and training it on its admirers. Here too the viewers become the focus of the photograph, while the object of their own attention remains out of sight.