The first in the series of Whitechapel/Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography took place at the Whitechapel Gallery in London on 7 July 2011. This inaugural discussion featured shortlisted artist Thomas Struth and the distinguished designer and academic, Professor Nana Last. The conversation place against the backdrop of Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978 – 2010 a major exhibition of Struth’s work that opened at the Whitechapel, earlier that week.
In front of a full house, Struth discussed his long and successful career and the many influences and inspirations in his work. He talked extensively about the Paradise Series, for which he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Growth, and about the curatorial thinking behind the current exhibition that features over seventy works made between 1978 – 2010.
This Conversation was the first in a series of Whitechapel/Prix Pictet conversations on contemporary photography.