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Born in Germany, 1955.

Gursky was a student of Hilla and Bernd Becher and represents a very strong photography school – the Dusseldorf school that greatly influenced the development of international art photography of the late 20th-early 21st centuries.

In the mid-nineties Gursky started using digital technology. He created a number of compositions where the images personify a different artistic ideal. From a distance you can see the formal structure of those works: color composition and contrasts. Up close you can see a microcosm of details and rich narrative contents requiring slow perception and deep comprehension. The artist combines the freedom of digital design with the traditional requirements of the classical school.

His lens sees the whole contemporary world in all its manifestations: stock exchanges, industrial facilities, concerts, sports competitions, famous architectural structures, supermarkets and junkyards of megapolises. But it is not photo journalism based on sensationalism and shocking effect – Andreas Gursky tries to show us his own view of the world in such a way that we can interpret both its objective contents and temptations ourselves.

I Am in Need of Music

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

-Elizabeth Bishop

8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979

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