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Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky, Les Mées, 2016
Andreas Gursky, Les Mées, 2016 © Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017 Courtesy: Sprüth Magers

The first major UK retrospective of the work of the acclaimed German photographer

Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, he is regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time.

Andreas Gursky, Tokyo (2017) © Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017 Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017 Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017 Courtesy: Sprüth Magers

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.

Rückblick by Andreas Gursky
Andreas Gursky, Review, 2015 (detail) © Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
Andreas Gursky, Review, 2015 (detail) © Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers

 

This exhibition featured around 60 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs from the early 1980s through to his most recent work, and includes some of his most iconic pictures such as ParisMontparnasse (1993) and Rhine II (1999, remastered 2015).

Andreas Gursky marks the beginning of the Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary year and is the first exhibition to take place in the gallery following its two-year refurbishment. For the first time since the Hayward’s original opening, the gallery’s pyramid roof lights will allow natural light into the spaces below.

Andreas Gursky: Redefining Photography

In this video Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, walks you through the exhibition, discussing Gursky’s unique approach to image-making and his large-scale spectacular works which often seem transcend the boundaries between painting and photography.

Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery

Gursky is perhaps best known as someone who has been an audacious chronicler of the global economy, and documented the epic sights that global capitalism has produced

Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery
★★★★★

godlike visions from the great chronicler of our age

The Guardian
★★★★

undeniably spectacular... this is a cracker of a show

The Telegraph