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Biography of Andreas Gursky

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BIOGRAPHY ANDREAS GURSKY PHOTOGRAPHER GERMANYBORN 1955 ANDREAS GURSKY WAS BORN IN LEIPZIG AND STUDIED IN ESSEN AND LATER D�SSELDORF. AS WINNER OF THE CITIBANK PRIVATE BANK PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE IN 1998, GURSKY HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE LEADING PHOTOGRAPHERS OF HIS TIME. HE GENERALLY PHOTOGRAPHS LANDSCAPES IN LARGE COLOUR FORMAT - THE IMAGES ARE OF URBAN LANDSCAPES (THE HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE) BOTH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR. GERMAN ARTIST ANDREAS GURSKY IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS BILLBOARD-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT INHABIT A SPACE BETWEEN PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY, LANDSCAPE AND HUMAN CONCERN, ANIMATE AND INANIMATE. HE OFTEN PLACES HIS LARGE-FORMAT CAMERA AT A HIGH-ANGLED DISTANCE FROM HIS SUBJECT, CREATING IMAGES THAT SUGGEST MAPPING STILLS FROM OUTER SPACE OR CYBER-TECHNOLOGY. ...read more.

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LET'S ENTERTAIN FEATURES A LARGE PHOTOGRAPH OF A MASS OF YOUTHFUL PARTYGOERS TITLED MAY DAY III. THIS HAZY, OVERCAST IMAGE EVOKES FILM STILLS, APOCALYPTIC IMAGININGS, MASS DEMONSTRATION NEWS DOCUMENTS, AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS FROM OUR COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS. ONE CRITIC COMMENTED THAT GURSKY'S IMAGES "DEPICT SOCIAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL STRESSPOINTS... INVOLVE PEOPLE WHO ARE DRAWN INTO A KIND OF GEOGRAPHICAL OR SOCIAL UNITY, IF AN IMPERFECT ONE." THIS MASS GATHERING OF RAVERS SUGGESTS THAT SOME OF US ARE CAUGHT IN A MOMENT WHEN CULTURAL TROPES SUCH AS MUSIC PRESENT THE ONLY VIABLE AND DESIRABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLECTIVE ENGAGEMENT. POLITICS HAS BEEN USURPED BY CULTURE AND IDENTITIES ARE FORMED THROUGH THESE MOMENTS OF COMMON ECSTATIC ABANDON. THROUGH HIGHLY DRAMATIC MEANS, GURSKY AT ONCE DOCUMENTS AND REMAPS THIS PARTY AS AN INSTANCE OF PROMISE, FAILURE, CONFUSION, AND HOPE. ...read more.

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GURSKY WORKS ON THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN PAINTING AND ART PHOTOGRAPHY. HE TESTS AND RETESTS THE CRITICAL DISTINCTIONS SEEMINGLY INHERENT TO THESE TWO REPRESENTATIONAL DOMAINS. THUS MANY, BUT NOT ALL, OF GURSKY'S PHOTOGRAPHS SEEM TO HAVE AN EXPLICITLY CLINICAL ORIENTATION. HE IS PROBING A FRAGILE BOUNDARY AND WE KNOW IT. THE COLD TRUTH WHICH EMANATES FROM A STARK OBJECTIFICATION OF THE SUBJECT MATTER WHICH COMPELS GURSKY IS HOWEVER ALWAYS BALANCED BY THE WAY IN WHICH HE FLOODS HIS OVERRUN VISUAL FIELDS WITH LIGHT AND RIOTOUS COLOUR. THAT I MIGHT PERSONALLY PREFER THE WARMER EMOTIONAL TONES OF HIS NATURALISTIC WORK TO THE HARSHER ELEMENTS OF THE CITYSCAPES IS OF COURSE HARDLY THE POINT. ALL OF HIS WORK MAKES YOU THINK! AND SOMETIMES GASP AT THE SHEER EXCESS OF TALENT AND TECHNIQUE WHICH PROPELS THE CREATION OF SUCH INTENSELY INTELLIGENT, BEAUTIFUL ART. ...read more.

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