Andreas Gursky (German photographer)



2015-06-26 11:14:08

Andreas Gursky (1955 -) is a notable German photographer and visual artist.

Life and career

Gursky was born in Leipzig in 1955, and attended the German State Art Academy during the early 1980s where he began to develop his photographic style.

His images feature large structural spaces, shot from distance and usually from high above, and often feature large crowds of figures (such as traders on a stock market floor or attendees at a rave). Many of these photographs display a dispassionate distancing from their subjects, whilst at the same time capturing a wealth of small details.

Gursky’s photographs are traditionally blown up into large prints, often measuring over 10ft in length, and have been described by critic Calvin Tomkins as having “the majestic aura of nineteenth-century landscape paintings, without losing any of their meticulously detailed immediacy as photographs”.


Some of Gursky’s most celebrated photographs include:

  • 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001)
  • Chicago Board of Trade II (1999)
  • Rhein II (1999)
  • Shanghai (2000)
  • Union Rave (1995)
  • May Day (1997)

Notable sales

  • One of six limited prints of ‘Untitled V’ (1997) sold for £937,250 at a [[[Christie’s]] sale in February 2011
  • One of six limited prints of ‘Klitschko’ (1999) sold for £524,500 at a Christie’s sale in February 2008
  • ‘99 Cent II Diptychon’, sold for a World record price of $3.34 million at a Sotheby’s sale in February 2007
  • ‘Los Angeles’, sold for £1,476,500 at a Sotheby’s sale in February 2008
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