The photographic works of German photographer Andreas Gursky are currently being shown at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark. Born in Leipzig in 1955, Gursky’s work has been renowned for its frank and imposing depictions of industrial spaces and man-made structures, presenting a so-called “dispassionate” method of photography. The show includes 40 very large works and a number of smaller pieces that comprise his oeuvre up to his most current works; each piece meticulously composed of hundreds of individual photos seamlessly combined into one large image.
The mystery of Gursky’s works comes from a paradox experienced by the viewer; indeed, where the elements of a photo might seem perfect, there is always something “fundamentally off” or jarring that serves as a point of tension and interest. The images seem to invoke the spirit of the techniques of impressionist paintings, where an image appears very different from a closer perspective than at a distance.
Gursky began his career in the mid 1980s after studying at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf—the city where the artist still resides—which helped to focus his fascination with human spaces and their environmental impacts.
– A. Bogart