I first learned about the German photographer when a professor of mine suggested I look at his work. He knew I was majoring in architecture and was trying to motivate me towards this genre. I didn’t find it too compelling. I thought it was too restrictive. Then, I saw the beauty in restriction when I observed the seemingly infinite repetition and grand scale of Gursky’s work.

Architecture is expressed through space and form. I was trying to devise a method to express this third dimension in a 2d format that would be more than a formal study of composition. I wanted to convey a sense of grandeur and space. I wanted the viewer to get a sense of what a space feels like when you are inside of it. Sure, this all sounds great and dandy in writing but to actually achieve it proved a more daunting task.

Andreas Gursky’s work impresses me for I feel it captures the monumentality of architecture I was trying to achieve through photography.

(c) Andreas Gursky – Kamiokande, 2007
(c) Andreas Gursky – Image of catalogue, showing 99 Cent II Diptychon, 2001
Chicago, Board of Trade II 1999 Andreas Gursky born 1955 Presented by the artist 2000
(c) Andreas Gursky – Rhein II, 1999, C-print
(c) Andreas Gursky – Image of catalogue, showing F1 Boxenstopp 1, 2007
(c) Andreas Gursky – Pyongyang II & III, 2007
(c) Andreas Gursky – Love Parade, 2001
(c) Andreas Gursky – James Bond Island III, 2007
(c) Andreas Gursky – Bahrain I, 2005
(c) Andreas Gursky – Shanghai, 2000, C-print

For more on Andreas Gursky and his work please visit:

White Cube Gallery – London

Gagosian Gallery – Los Angeles

Sprueth Magers – Berlin, London

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