‘One thing you really get a sense of from this exhibition is the world we live in.’ Director of Hayward Gallery Ralph Rugoff leads you through selected works from the Gallery’s retrospective of the works of Andreas Gursky.
With a focus on some of the photographer’s more recent works, including Utah (2017) and Tokyo (2017), Rugoff describes how Gursky continues to showcase a very modern world without ever making a political statement, instead leaving it to the viewer to draw their own conclusions.
In this intimate video Rugoff’ describes Gursky’s methodical attention to detail and the painstaking process the artist goes through with every image he produces. Its an attention to detail which led to the artist undertaking the same train journey over and over again in order to build up the composition of Tokyo, and also seek to recreate the distortion of a photograph taken on the move for Utah.
Through these works, as Rugoff explains, Gursky has given a completely different stature and meaning to the very modern art of the mobile phone photograph.