1955 · Germany
Andreas Gursky is a German photographer known for the use of large-format, high-definition representations of cities, crowds, landscapes, and commercial products, usually captured from an elevated vantage point perspective or a deadpan frontal view. He works with a methodical approach, a legacy of his teachers Hilla and Bernd Becher, pioneering artist duo who used to systematically document, through photography, selected types of industrial structures.
Unlike them, Gursky has been using, in the last decades, digital manipulation and montage to enhance the perception of larger spaces and create pattern repetition.The artist tends to depict huge man-made spaces, like building facades at night, office lobbies, stock exchanges, box retailers, but recently he has also been interested in documenting natural environments, with a penchant for bodies of water.
Gursky was born in Leipzig in 1955 but grew up in Düsseldorf. From 1977 to 1980, he attended Folkwangschule, Essen and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, during the following six years, where he received strong training and influence from his teachers Hilla and Bernd Becher. He currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.
Since 1985 Gurky’s photographies have been displayed in numerous international exhibitions, with a major retrospective in 2001 at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and are currently part of prestigious public collections such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the MoMa in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and the Tate Modern in London.