Sunday, 21 October 2012

Review on Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky is a German visual artist known for his large format architecture and landscape colour photographs, often taken from a high view point.

Born in Leipzig in 1955, he grew up in Dusseldorf and was the son of a commercial photographer.  Between 1978 and 1981 he attended Folkwangschule and studied under Otto Steinert.  From 1981 to 1987 he studied at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, here he received strong training and was heavily influenced by Hilla and Bernd Becher, a photographic team known for their distinctive, dispassionate method of systematically cataloging industrial machinery and architecture.  Gursky demonstrates a similar methodical approach to his own large scale photography.

The above picture is by Gursky entitled Rhein II, it fetched £2.7m at Christies, New York in 2011, becoming the most expensive photograph ever sold.

Andreas Gursky - Times Square 1997

Andreas Gursky - Chicago Board of Trade 1999

Andreas Gursky - 99 Cents 1999

I like Gursky's pictures.  I like the story within a picture feeling I get from some of his images.  I like looking all around his pictures and seeing the other things going on.  I also like the structure of his images a lot of them have clean lines, the way he doesn't crop and shows the entire picture as taken.

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