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Andreas Gursky: photographing the sublime « Previous | |Next »
April 3, 2008

It's the inhumanity isn't it that suggests the sublime. We interpret the people as tiny and akin to making their presence felt in the world, like a minute, leisurely colony of ants. Is this not a landmark of a global economy and does not this work constitute a map of the postmodern civilized world?

GurskyAndreasCopan.jpg Andreas Gursky, Copan, 2002, Chromogenic print

We sense that we can be swept away by the powerful and destructive flows of global finance and we feel helpless and full of despair. What will happen to us, we ask? Will we lose our homes? Our jobs? How will this destructive force impact on our lives? We sense the awesomeness of the global economy, dread the worst and struggle with the overwhelming feelings of being terrified.

gurskyAatlanta.JPG Andreas Gursky, "Atlanta", 1996,

These images cause us to have an uneasy, anxious feeling and we shift to a sense of dread that makes us very uncomfortable. We feel that human beings are inconsequential before the dynamic flows of the global economy.

GurskyAndreaSpetacularcity.jpg Andreas Gursky, Spectacular City, Düsseldorf, 2007

This work evokes the sublime in urban phenomena---in the connections that constitute globalization in the form of computer networks, international exchanges, trade relations, architecture.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:56 PM | | Comments (2)
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Gursky seems to have deliberately taken the photo to look like it was taken in a moment of time, like everything has stopped. The road is a good example of this.

yes, everything seems to be frozen in time