Andreas Gursky

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NameAndreas Gursky
BornJanuary 15, 1955, Leipzig, East Germany
Known ForPhotography
Notable Work“Rhein II”
Art MovementDüsseldorf School of Photography
WebsiteOfficial website
Current PositionProfessor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
Photography StyleLarge format architecture and landscape color photographs, often using a high point of view
Auction Record“Rhein II” sold for $4,338,500 on November 8, 2011
StudioShares a studio with Laurenz Berges, Thomas Ruff, and Axel Hütte in Düsseldorf
Studio BuildingFormer electricity station transformed into an artist studio and living quarters by architects Herzog & de Meuron
Early LifeBorn in Leipzig, family relocated to Essen and then Düsseldorf by 1957
EducationStudied visual communication at Universität Gesamthochschule Essen (1978-1981)
Influential TeachersOtto Steinert, Michael Schmidt, Hilla and Bernd Becher
Training PeriodDüsseldorf Art Academy (1981-1987)
MethodologyMethodical approach, influenced by the Bechers’ systematic cataloging of industrial machinery and architecture
Other InfluencesBritish landscape photographer John Davies, American photographer Joel Sternfeld
Architects for StudioHerzog & de Meuron, who also designed the Tate Modern
Gallery AdditionArchitects Herzog & de Meuron designed a gallery in the basement of the studio building in 2010-11

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