South LaSalle Street (Chicago Board of Trade), Chicago


Thomas Struth ( German, 1954 )

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General Description

To take this photograph, Thomas Struth set up his camera in the middle of a street early in the morning, choosing a single vanishing point perspective and taking advantage of the neutral light. The Board of Trade building shuts out the sun from above, literally creating a concrete canyon of an imposing Art Deco facade. In this example from an early black-and-white series of such city scenes, Struth investigates the way architecture can seem to represent or project states of being within the contemporary urban landscape with its mixture of the old and the modern.

Adapted from

Charles Wylie, DMA unpublished material, 2001.