Andreas Gursky is one of today’s most celebrated living photographers, and it’s not difficult to understand why. His enormous photographs, sometimes over 10 feet wide, express with huge loads of visual information questions about our social behavior, the consumerism culture we live in and the saturation of mass communication.
From supermarkets to stock markets, from business buildings to residential condos, from desolated landscapes to metropolitan skylines, nothing escapes his discerning eye.
Nowadays, the German artist holds the record for the highest price paid at auction for a single photographic image. In 2007, his work 99 Cent II Diptychon was sold for 3.3 million dollars. On this work, Gursky took separate shots from the shelves of goods, putting them together digitally on the post-production – a practice he started adopting in 1990.
“The view I created in 99 Cent does exist in reality, but you’d have to destroy the wall of the store to photograph it”, he explains.