Andreas Gursky (born January 15, 1955) is a German photographer and Professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.
He is known for his large format architecture and landscape colour photographs, often taken from an elevated vantage point. He is also known for his photograph “Rhein II“ that was sold in 2011 for a record price of 4.3 million Dollars which, at that time, was the most expensive photograph ever sold.
What matters is now, and the fact that I made some money back then is what permits me to be completely free and independent in my work now. — Andreas Gursky
Gursky has demonstrated that a photographer can make or construct — rather than simply take — photographs about modern life and produce them on the scale of an epic painting.
Just as history painters of previous centuries found their subjects in the realities of everyday life, he finds inspiration in his own spontaneous visual experience and through reports of global phenomena in the daily media.
Hayward Gallery director, Ralph Rugoff, explains why he considers Gursky to be among the foremost artists of our time:
Have a look at the exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery NYC:
Andreas Gursky at the Hayward Gallery: