with an essay by Dieter Schwarz, 184 pages, 108 color plates, 108 ill.
In 1990 Thomas Struth made photographs for the patients’ rooms in the new wing of the Spital am Lindberg, a private hospital. In highlighting only particular details of each flower, he found an analogy to the condition of illness in which one part of the body that we are usually not so aware of, becomes suddenly the centre of attention.
The landscapes Struth photographed were all made in the area around Winterthur, including views of the Thur Valley, nearby vineyards and farmland as well as the hospital gardens. Many of the plants and flowers he photographed were also found in the immediate vicinity of the hospital and in a garden on the grounds of the Oskar Reinhart collection in Winterthur. He also made several ‘flower portraits’ in the garden of his friends Ingo Hartmann and Hannah Erdrich-Hartmann in Düsseldorf, including clematis, tulips, roses, cherry blossom and dandelions. They represent a familiar and ‘domesticated’ view of nature.