Düsseldorf School of Photography

The Düsseldorf School of Photography (better known as Becher School or simply Düsseldorf School) derives its name from the Arts Academy of the city of Düsseldorf (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf). This is where Bernd and Hilla Becher taught photography as an art form starting from 1976.

The Düsseldorf School set the new gold standards for excellence in art photography. In fact, the Bechers were known for their hard-line view of experimental and expressive photography techniques, most notably associated with Otto Steinert. Some of the most famous graduates include Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer and Laurenz Berges.

Thomas Ruff’s portraits & his unique signature style

Thomas Ruff is a well-known photographer from Düsseldorf, Germany. He was born in 1958 and had a passion and interest in photography from childhood. Soon after Ruff got a camera, he attended a class to learn fundamental photography skills. He was able to understand the basics and become a professional photographer within a short period. …

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Candida Höfer helps you discovering the world’s most stunning libraries

Nobody ever thinks of standing in the library aisles to take photographs, apart from Candida Höfer of course. She not only does a great job of bringing out the beautiful aspects of the spaces between books she takes but also captures the intensity of the reading mood. With no effort to stage any of the …

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Andreas Gursky’s Stock Exchanges – Humans reduced to a blob of color

Andreas Gursky is a German photographer and professor. He is most well known for large format architecture and landscape color photos, and following the 1990s, Gursky has been using technology and computers to edit and enhance his photos. Gursky is known for using an elevated vantage point as his main perspective. This allows the audience …

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Andreas Gursky’s sensational photos of North Korea’s mass games

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 …

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Andreas Gursky from 1980 to present – His best photos

Andreas Gursky, born in 1955 in Leipzig, German, is a renowned photographer who uses colorful, large-scale depictions of modern life. Living and working in Düsseldorf, Germany, he represents a revaluation of realism within contemporary photography through conceptual staging and digital image editing. The German photographer popularised photography focusing on day to day human activities in …

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