Thomas Struth
[Photographer, b. 1954, Geldern, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf.]

 The image of an empty landscape accommodates the medium of photography in so far as it always involves the present, despite being historically referential. 
 For me, making a photograph is mostly an intellectual process of understanding people or cities and their historical and phenomenological connections. At that point the photo is almost made, and all that remains is the mechanical process. 
 [When] I am taking a photograph, I am conscious that I am constructing images rather than taking snapshots. Since I do not take rapid photographs it is in this respect like a painting which takes a long time where you are very aware of what you are doing in the process. Exposure is only the final act of making the image as a photograph. 
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