German visual artist Andreas Gursky is renowned for his monumentally scaled photographs—grand urban and natural landscape vistas and large format architecture—created from a dispassionate, omniscient point of view. Highly detailed, Gursky's images are at once dead-pan observational and transcendent. He rigorously composes his expansive views to envelope viewers with dizzying scale, detail, and color—effects he often heightens through digital manipulation of the image. Gursky has been instrumental in defining contemporary German art in the 1990s.
Throughout his career Gursky has explored the many nuanced facets of human existence. Highly detailed, his photographs are simultaneously dead-pan observational and transcendent, encompassing both naturally occurring and man-made environments. Whatever his practical approach, the artist uses landscape to capture a sense of place and a moment in time that expresses his understanding of landscape as a site where human and natural forces collide in an increasingly homogenous world. His landscapes are not only markers of a particular time and place, they are also something otherworldly: an image that surpasses the basic conditions of its creation.