Humans reduced to a blob of color
Andreas Gursky - Kuwait Stock Exchange, 2007

Andreas Gursky - Kuwait Stock Exchange II, 2007
Andreas GurskyKuwait Stock Exchange II, 2007
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky is a German photographer and professor. He is most well known for large format architecture and landscape color photos, and following the 1990’s; Gursky has been using technology and computers for editing and enhancing his photos.

Gursky is known for using an elevated vantage point as his main perspective. This allows the audience to view the scenes from a place that is both peripheral and central. Using each subject to create an unconventional geometry, he organizes the world fitting in with his personal visual logic. He began his portrayals of stock exchanges in 1990 and has continued this project throughout his career.

More than any artist of his generation, Andreas Gursky’s photographic eye identifies the subjects of our contemporary landscape, which most acutely defines the way we live today. His Stock Exchange series, ten images made over 20 years on three continents, charts the history of our modern age of globalization. The activities of his traders links the entire globe through an invisible matrix of trades and economic dependency. Reduced in scale to the size of ants, they force the viewer to critically reappraise the very nature of human activity.

One of his pieces, Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1990, is the first of his series of trading floors. Hong Kong Stock Exchange, 1994, gives viewers a geometric panorama of the busy trading floor. The subjects (e.g. the traders) are depicted as anonymous bodies working desperately at work at computer screens. Gursky uses multiple vantage points in order to create a single extensive scene. In Chicago Board of Trade, 1997 and Chicago Board of Trade III, 1999 one can see an ocean of brightly jackets of the traders, symbolic in the financial world. Each human subject is reduced to a blob of color.

Andreas Gursky - Kuwait Stock Exchange, 2007
Andreas GurskyKuwait Stock Exchange, 2007
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Hong Kong, Stock Exchange II, 1994
Andreas GurskyHong Kong, Stock Exchange II, 1994
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Hong Kong, Stock Exchange, diptych, 1994
Andreas GurskyHong Kong, Stock Exchange, diptych, 1994
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Hong Kong, Stock Exchange, diptych (detail, left), 1994
Andreas GurskyHong Kong, Stock Exchange, diptych (left), 1994
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Hong Kong, Stock Exchange, diptych (detail, right), 1994
Andreas GurskyHong Kong, Stock Exchange, diptych (right), 1994
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Chicago Board of Trade I, 1997
Andreas GurskyChicago Board of Trade I, 1997
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Chicago Board of Trade II, 1999
Andreas GurskyChicago Board of Trade II, 1999
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Chicago board of trade III, 1999-2009, C-print, 223 x 307 cm.
Andreas GurskyChicago Board of Trade III, 1999

Andreas Gursky - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, 1997
Andreas GurskyChicago Mercantile Exchange, 1997
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - New York, Merchantile Exchange, 1999
Andreas GurskyNew York Mercantile Exchange, 1999
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Singapore Stock Exchange I, 1997
Andreas GurskySingapore Stock Exchange I, 1997
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Singapore Stock Exchange II, 1997
Andreas GurskySingapore Stock Exchange II, 1997
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky - Tokyo, Stock Exchange, 1990
Andreas GurskyTokyo Stock Exchange, 1990
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

 

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