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Andreas Gursky at The Hayward Gallery

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Time 11:00
Date 25/01/18
Price £16

The first UK retrospective of German photographer Andreas Gursky. Expect large-scale, often spectacular pictures illustrating emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life.

Running from: Thu 25 Jan – Sun 22 Apr 2018.

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that dispenses with formal hierarchies and gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.

This exhibition features around 60 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs, from the early 1980s through to his most recent work, including Paris, Montparnasse (1993) – one of Gurksy’s most well-known images – and Rhine II (1999/2015), which borrows from and builds on the tradition of German Romanticism to offer a subtly altered version of this iconic river.