Humanitas Chair in Contemporary Art University of Oxford, UK

02 May 2011

In 2011 Ivorypress organised and sponsored the first Humanitas Chair of Art Contemporary at Magdalen College, University of Oxford (UK). The first Visiting Professor during this academic year 2010/11 was the German photographer Thomas Struth. The artist gave his main lecture on 2 May at 16:30 p.m. Along the next days Struth gave workshops to students and participated in two symposia related to contemporary art, photography, museums, galleries and libraries. As part of the C Photo Project, Ivorypress has been supporting different educational and academic initiatives for several years. The close relationship between Ivorypress and the University of Oxford through the Humanitas Chair of Contemporary Art offered students and attendees the possibility of coming into contact with outstanding academics and artists of our time. Lectures, workshops, debates, symposia were held every first week of May in Magdalen College and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

Thomas Struth (1954, Geldern, Germany) is one of the world’s foremost photographers. He studied at the Düsseldorf Academy, were he was taught by Gerhard Richter and Bernd and Hilla Becher. During the 1970s, he began to take photographs that explored the character of urban spaces, and what these can reveal about the history and identity of communities. Beginning with the streets of Düsseldorf, he gradually expanded his project to include other cities in Western Europe, the United States and Asia. Along his career, Struth has received several awards and his work has been shown in main museums and art centres worldwide.

Ivorypress has published a record of the lecture given by Thomas Struth. This publication is not for sale. Available upon request at:

Organised and sponsored by Ivorypress