Until the 22nd April, the Hayward Gallery, which has reopened after 2 years of renovation, will be showing the images of German photographer Andrea Gursky. Gursky’s works, famous for their huge dimensions, are among the most rated in the world (Rhine II, an elegant digital version of the River Rhine was sold at auction at Christie’s in 2011 for 4.3 million dollars, a world record for a single photo). The theme is always the reality of everyday life which he explains as “a sort of encyclopaedia of life.”
Large scale photographs with an accuracy of detail only possible with perfect, wonderful post-production work. The exhibition consists of 68 works from the 1980s to the present day, including 8 new images. Gursky’s subjects are almost always factories, landscapes, industries and gatherings of people. His most famous photographs include that of an Amazon warehouse.
Alessandro Di Giacomo