Andreas Gursky is a German photographer who is know for his large format images.  He often takes architecture and landscape photos that are taken from a high point of view. Gursky began his career in Düsseldorf, as both his father and grandfather were commercial photographers.

Most of Gursky’s images are made of large, man-made spaces.  He tends to position the camera from an elevated vantage point that allows the viewer to see both the center of the subject and a wide peripheral view. His approach is often seen as straightforward, but still distinct.

How distinct? The artist sells most of his images in  editions of six with two artist’s proofs. He in fact even holds the record for the highest price paid for a since image when a print of “Rhein II” sold for USD $4,338,500 at Christie’s, in 2011. Another print of his, “Chicago Board of Trade III” sold for 2.2 million pounds at auction as well.

Here’s an overview of the artist. (Can’t see the video? Click here.)


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  1. Reblogged this on art2day and commented:
    photography, mass, consumption, collections, space, landscape,

  2. Saw a large exhibition of his photographs at the Louisiana Modern Art Museum a bit north of Copenhagen, Denmark a couple of years ago. Amazing to see his work at the scale it is intended – so much that I returned to see it a second time, a week later :-)


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


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