Andreas Gursky – Kuwait 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. Projects like this lead towards his visit to North Korea as well as a photos of concerts, sport events and other large-scale events.
Andreas Gursky – Pyongyang I, 2007, c-print, 307 x 215,5cm
© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst. Courtesy: Monika Sprüth / Philomene Magers
Renowned for his large-format color photographs charting themes of globalized society at work and play, Andreas Gursky’s production employs the digital technology to capture and refine an astounding compilation of detail on an epic scale. The perspective in many of Gursky’s photographs is drawn from an elevated vantage point. This position enables the viewer to encounter scenes, encompassing both center and periphery, which are ordinarily beyond reach.
Andreas Gursky (b. 1955 in Leipzig, Germany) is one of the pioneers of contemporary photography. The work of the world-renowned art photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany represents a revaluation of realism within contemporary photography through conceptual staging and digital image editing. The German photographer (born 1955) popularised photography focusing on day to day human activity in commerce, sports, leisure and so on. His trademark photos are large formats of stock exchanges, ports, concert arenas, race tracks and other areas that hold human activity. The point of angle is usually elevated to take in as much area as possible.
Gursky studied photography at the Folkwang Academy in Essen during the 1970s. He started experimenting with a 4×5 inch (10.2×12.7 cm) camera which was at odds with the photography of these days. He also focused on aspects of modern life in work, business, and social life.
Gursky pushed large format photography to new heights. By 1980s he was printing on commercial photography paper using the largest print paper available. He combined print papers to make the photos even larger. He was the first photographer to produce prints larger than 6×8 feet (1.8×2.4 m).
For his exhibition at the Museum Kunstpalast Gursky has selected 60 works from his oeuvre. Waiving a chronological hanging the mix of old and new, small and very large format works allows new and unusual views of Gursky’s photography.
The spectrum of Gursky’s work includes topics such as architecture, landscape, interiors, as well as large events with huge crowds such as The Mass Games of North Korea or his famed series of photos of stock exchanges throughout the world. In the Düsseldorf exhibition, whose arch spans of works from the early 1980s up to the series of works Ocean I-VI, 2010, or Bangkok, 2011, Andreas Gursky is presenting some of his latest, as yet not publicly exhibited works.
“It is not pure photography, what I do,” Gursky describes his own work. “All my pictures are based on a direct visual experience from which I develop an idea for a picture, which is subjected to testing in the studio and eventually worked on and precised at the computer.”