Andreas Gursky

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The artist of the Week is Andreas Gursky.

About Andreas Gursky – Gursky was born in Leipzig in 1955, but grew up in Düsseldorf, the son of a commercial photographer. From 1978 to 1981, he attended Folkwangschule, Essen, where he studied under Otto Steinert. Between 1981-1987 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Gursky received strong training and influence from his teachers Hilla and Bernd Becher, a photographic team known for their distinctive, dispassionate method of systematically cataloging industrial machinery and architecture. Gursky demonstrates a similarly methodical approach in his own larger-scale photography. Other notable influences are the British landscape photographer John Davies, whose highly detailed high vantage point images had a strong effect on the street level photographs Gursky was then making, and to a lesser degree the American photographer Joel Sternfeld. (Wikipedia

Critique the Artwork of the Day

What elements and principles are used? Composition Rules? Are there shapes and forms? What is the subject? What does it communicate and HOW? Break it down into Elements, Principles and Composition.


Line, Shape, Value, Form, Texture, Color, Space


Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm/Repetition/Pattern, Scale/Proportion, Unity/Variety, Contrast, Movement


Fill the Frame, Rule of Thirds, Triangle, Frame in a Frame, Leading Lines, Circle, Rhythm, Positive/Negative Space

Please sketch out the composition and critique the photo below in your photo journal:

Mercedes, Rastatt (1993) 

Draw the shapes and lines in this composition on your critique sheet. Where does your eye go? Stop? Why? What two principles strongly make this photo interesting?

Andreas Gursky, Shanghai, 2000

What are your thoughts? Is there balance in this image? What kind? How does the color play up the mood?

99 Cent II Diptychon Andreas Gursky

Discuss the composition? How does this photo compare/contrast the previous photo?

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