Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky (b. 1955) is a German photographer known for his monumental photographs that focus on consumer culture. Gursky utilised digital manipulation and photographs his scenes from elevated heights to create vast compositions that enable the viewer to experience views that would otherwise be out of reach.

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His unabashed use of digital manipulation transformed the meaning of photography for a generation of artists, calling into question the truth of the image and the trust of the viewer. We love how Gursky edited his pictures to create the illusion of large spaces, producing a sweeping perspective that he uses as a comment on globalisation and consumer culture. His works blur the line between abstraction and depiction of real objects, culminating in striking images of geometric shapes and beautiful colours. 

Gursky lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. After studying at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the 1980s, the artist established himself as a prominent figure in German art. In 2011, Gursky’s photograph Rhein II sold at Christie’s New York for over $4 million and is listed amongst the highest selling photographs in history. Gursky was the subject of two major retrospectives at the Kunsthalle D​​üsseldorf, 1998 and The Museum of Modern Art, 2011. His work can be found in the permanent collections of galleries across the world such as the Tate Modern, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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