Gursky – Hayward Gallery

The Hayward is a newly refurbished, world renowned contemporary art gallery along the Southbank in London that has just reopened in all its brutalist glory after two years.

This was my first visit to the Hayward and I was quite excited to see the work of Andreas Gursky after seeing his work in books and online over the past few years, you really don’t get to appreciate the scale of his work until you are standing next to it looming over you.

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You may be aware of Gursky as he previously held the title for taking the most expensive photograph ever when his photo Rhine II (above) sold for $4.3 million in 2011. It was nice to see the photo up close although I must say it is not one of my favourite pieces and I wasn’t that impressed by it!

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There were a few smaller photos but it was his very large scale images that really got my attention, I loved to look at them from afar and then go up close to see all the detail. Particularly the one at the airport and the block of flats where you could actually see into the windows. (maybe I’m just nosey)

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You may notice a lot of people in my photos, the exhibition was quite busy but I could have probably photographed the pictures without onlookers, I do however enjoy seeing the way people interact with the work as much as looking at the work itself.

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Gursky is known for his spectacular large scale architecture, landscape photos that often feature crowds and global economy or contemporary life. A statement from the Southbank centre website states:

Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a โ€˜democraticโ€™ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.

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You may think from seeing this post that you don’t need to see the exhibition because I have shown it all to you but I don’t think I even photographed half of the pictures in this show, the gallery is huge and just when you think you have seen it all you turn a corner and there are more photos. The work goes right back to the 70s so it is a large collection and probably one of my favourite photography exhibitions I have seen (and I have seen a fair few)

Are you a fan of the work of Gursky or visited the exhibition?

Gursky at the Hayward runs until 22 April so there is still plenty of time to get down there. A gift aided standard ticket costs ยฃ16 with various concessions available with kids under 12 going free. Check out the website for further details.

10 thoughts on “Gursky – Hayward Gallery

  1. Now this looks like my kind of day out. I will be looking up this photographer as his shots are right up my street. I love how he packs his shots full, it’s a bit like Where’s Wally for adults. I could spend hours looking at them. I really loved the books one. Thank you for linking up to #pointshoot ๐Ÿ“ท

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    1. There are some galleries that I find boring but I think this artist has really interesting, contemporary subjects and shows his photos large scale which makes you want to look at them

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  2. We’ve got a few art pieces dotted around our home but I’ve never been bin big into art galleries. That said, I do love one when I get the chance. I’m with you – I love to watch the people almost as much as the art! Love the sound of the one with the flat windows. #kcacols

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