Andreas Gursky (b. 1955)
German photographer Andreas Gursky produces photos of bold, colorful landscapes, some of which he’s digitally manipulated to fully envelop the viewer.
After experiencing a surge of interest in his Becher-influenced work during the 1980s, Gursky traveled to cities including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Singapore, and meticulously documented structures – from random buildings to hotels to department stores.
In 1988, Gursky literally took his works to a new height with the help of new technology – some of his works towered at over six by fifteen feet. Today, he still uses large-scale photos to draw viewers into his exquisite natural landscapes, government buildings, archaeological sites, and heavily populated city areas.
“Gursky uses cutting edge digital technology to transform the views of the world into virtual realities, contrasting the approach of others like Abe Morell and Sally Mann, who have returned to primitive photographic practices of the 19th century,” says Dr. Kayyem.
Exhibition: The World Is Made of Stories, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo. Now through May 8, 2016.