Thomas Struth is a photographer from Germany. He initially made his reputation with many black and white photographs of Düsseldorf and New York. Alongside these, he made numerous family portraits, and photographed the exhibits in various museums. He prefers the medium of black and white photography for most of his work, but originally, he was a painter. He studied at the Düsseldorf academy from 1973 until 1980. It was here he met Gerhard Richter and Peter Kleemann, and in 1976 he switched to photography as a student of Bernd and Hiller Becher.