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Andreas Gursky. Long Shot Close Up

by Jan Schmidt-Garre
Germany 2009, 60′
Presented at Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival 2010
CAMERA: Markus von Kleist, Olaf Markmann
PHOTOGRAPHY: Thomas Bresinsky, Wedigo von Schultzendorff
SOUND: Dirk Diedrich
EDITING: Gaby Kull-Neujahr BFS
MUSIC: Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Souvenirs d’Andalousie), Marian Friedman (pianoforte)
PRODUCERS: Jan Schmidt-Garre, Marieke Schroeder
PRODUCTION: Pars Media, BR, ARTE, Andreas Tilk Filmproduktion
Andreas Gursky (Leipzig, 1955) is the most acclaimed and sought-after artist on the contemporary photography scene. Known for his spectacular color images, whose most frequent subjects are people and spatiality, but also the interaction between the two, Gursky has experimented with the use of digital technology since the 90s, using the computer first to retouch his images and later as a creative instrument. Hilla Becher and Werner Spies provide commentaries on the important phases of his development, analyzing works such as the famous 99 cent (1999), Jan Schmidt-Garre’s film narrates the artist’s work by following him in the creation of Hamm, Bergwerk Ost (2008): from the initial explorations of locker rooms at a German mine, to his first exhibition within the context of “Werke-Works 80 – 08”, inaugurated in 2008 at the Kunstmuseen in Krefeld. Concluding remarks by noted Russian art collector Victor Pinchuk.
Selected Filmography
1992 Measure, Color, Light; 1992 Celibidache: You Don’t Do Anything, You Just Let It Evolve; 1998 Opera Fanatic; 2005 Olafur Eliasson: Notion Motion; This Not That: The Artist John Baldessari; 2009 Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up.