Löwenzahnzimmer- Thomas Struth is well knwon for his large-scale museum interiors, portraits and architectural photography, however this new monograph presents another facet of Struth's oeuvre, assembling a series of flower photographs produced for a unique project. In fact in 1991, Struth was commissioned to decorate a new hospital in Winterthur, Switzerland for which he decided to produce two flower photographs and a landscape for each of the 37 sickrooms. Although the hospital team had imagined Struth might make street photographs, he decided to concentrate on those subjects patients might be ‘missing’: images of local landscapes and flowers with an intense colour.
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. These pictures brilliantly and colorfully sunthesize a tradition of landscape and flower photography which goes back to Edward Weston, Walker Evans and August Sander.