Andreas Gursky and an Economy of Scale
by Eleanor Beaumont
Eleanor Beaumont examines the social and economic themes of Andreas Gursky’s photography. She includes several photographs in the discussion, including Paris, Montparnasse (1993), Salerno I (1990), and Amazon (2016). These images are described as representative of the global economy: monumental, concerned with mass phenomena, complexly composed, and decentralized. Beaumont notes the role of digital manipulation in Gursky’s work to abstract, dramatize pattern, and densify the frame with detail. In this way, Gursky challenges notions of truth in photography and experiments in ways that highlight the medium’s unique representational abilities.