May Day IV by Andreas Gursky

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:37

In this picture of an annual rave in Dortmund, Germany, the crowd takes up every inch of the frame, giving the impression that the number of revellers might be limitless.

May Day IV by Andreas Gursky (detail)

This image – which was constructed from multiple shots to ensure that every figure on the dance floor appears in focus – is not just a portrait of a crowd but of hundreds of unrelated individuals, pairings and groups, each caught within their own narrative bubbles.

By bringing together details from many different images to make one work, Gursky’s photographs reject the idea that photography captures a single moment. Instead, as Gursky explains, his photographs appear to ‘stop time or... to stretch it to infinity’.

Gursky exhibition page

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