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Why would you want to look at art about looking at art? Nigel Warburton investigates the subtle photography of Thomas Struth

“Pantheon” by Thomas Struth (1990). His work examines parallels between the sanctification of art and the secularisation of religious spaces

Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010 Whitechapel Gallery, 6th July to 16th September

In the foreground tourists in shorts, their sunglasses pushed back on their heads, stare up at something out of sight, above the camera. Behind them a woman and younger man are engaged in conversation; nearby a young woman looks up enraptured, ignoring whatever her boyfriend is telling her. Meanwhile, a red-haired woman with a shoulder bag stares into the lens, a knowing smile on her face. Other gallery goers…

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