Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wk 7: Artist Study // Andreas Gursky & Candida Höfer (Digital Technology)

Andreas Gursky
Trained by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gursky holds the latest record for highest price paid at auction for a single photographic image. His print Rhein II sold for USD $4,338,500 at Christie's, New York on 8 November 2011. The contemporary landscape breaks the compositional rule of having the horizon line (Rule of Thirds) placed in either the top or bottom third and instead places it in the middle. This has also been photographed removing any additional details that didn't suit the final clean outcome apparently including dog walkers and an entire building. ~ also I'm not sure but the perspective in many of his images seem slightly off and manipulated in some way. Gursky is relatively open about his use of digital editing, different from many artists who like to keep it more of a secret.

Candida Höfer
Also trained by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Höfer's current approach is to photograph empty interior of public building using long exposures. Interested in the structural forms and space. There's repetition to her work in the similarity of spaces and elements included such as chairs and balconies. Her approach does seem to be heavily influenced the Becher's - photographing structures that may or may not stand the test of time due to their emptiness and lost community.

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