Andreas Gursky

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    artists began to realise that photography was a valid form of art for portraying personal expression and to exhibit aesthetic qualities. Under this new understanding, photography began to take on some of the attributes of more traditional art and become more painterly. Though, there seems a battle raging always between realism and expression in photographic artworks, between the intrinsic nature of the medium and the ability to use it creatively. Contemporary German photo artists Andreas Gursky’s large format works epitomises this struggle, challenging viewers to engage with his work on a level beyond the documentary whilst retaining some of its qualities thematically. In examining the photographic artworks of Gursky, it is integral to first look back at his development, the formative years that would come to mould and shape him as an artist. He was born in 1955 to a family that was already embedded in the photographic landscape with his father and grandfather working in commercial photography.1 In 1980 Gursky undertook an education at the hands of another influential photography pair, Bernd & Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. The husband and wife team produced a series of photographs beginning in the late 1950s of industrial German buildings. The documentary connotations are clear; their intention was to preserve these machine-age buildings as they began to be demolished in the post-war period. It was a personal project of sorts, focusing their attention on…

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    Andreas Gursky was born on January 15, 1955 in Leipzig, Germany. He is a German photographer and a professor at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, which is as well in Germany. This photographer is best known for his monumental digitally manipulated photographs which portray various aspects such as consumer culture and busyness of modern life, resulting in dramatic images that mark the line between the representation and the abstract. Gursky began photographing in black and white with a hand-held…

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    The article “Andreas Gursky and the Contemporary Sublime” by Alix Ohlin, does a nice job illustration the work and purpose of Andreas Gursky’s artwork. His ability to display the human experience in our modern age globalized world is something that should be admired. One of Andreas Gursky’s creativity is his ability to display his artwork in a micro-macro perspective to give the viewer a different feel for the image. “This tension between micro and macro, one of the operating principles of his…

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    Dworkin, 1981; Dworkin and MacKinnon, 1988; Mackinnon, 1989) since 1980s have overwhelmingly stressed on criticising of pornography as a form of oppression to women. By examining the ‘effects’ of pornography on its male consumers, radical feminists have frequently amplified that negative effects, namely violence, sex addiction, intimidation, child abuse, and women as sexually objectified by men, of pornography have facilitated men for reinforcing the notions of patriarchy and masculinity. In…

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    Sylvia Plath; Along with authors such as Virginia Woolf, Simone de Bauvoir and Marguerite Duras, is one of the biggest female authors of 20th century. The Bell Jar shares more characteristics with Sylvia Plath’s life than just a semi-autobiographical novel. The main character of the book, Esther travels to New York to work as an intern in a fashion magazine, just like Sylvia Plath did. They are both poets, who lost their fathers at the age of 8 and both Esther and Sylvia Plath slowly falls into…

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    Andreas Vesalius discovered modern day human anatomy that we use today to help us with surgeries, medical school, etc.. Vesalius discoveries have shaped our medical school to be the way it is today. His scientific reasoning has had an immense impact on the way we do things today. In this paper I will be discussing Andreas’ background/personal information, his college adventures, his inspirations, what was known before his discoveries, and other scientists alive at his time. Andreas Vesalius…

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    Loreno: A Short Story

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    The story that follows is red with the crimson life of so many humans long held in the arms of death. It is black with the evil of one inhuman man. And it is white with the purity of a soul untainted by evil or blood. This is Loreno’s story. The darkness enveloped him as he stepped out of the tall, regal office building. It was a late day at the office. He could never tell his wife why he was late. That would never do. No. She would have to remain in the dark. The man started to walk to his…

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    Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential architects [of renaissance] was born in Padua on Nov.30, 1508 and died in Vicenza on Aug.19, 1580. In 1521 he had an apprentice contract at a local stone cutter for a period of six years however after three years he moved to Vicenza and entered the association of mason and stone cutters. Around 1538 he met Gian Giorgio Trissino [while working on Villa Cricoli]; he saw the capability in Palladio and educated him. His architectural career began with…

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    XXJUN2012 PS208 Case Analysis of Andrea Yates…

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    The Reformation Dichotomy

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    The effects of reformation in the sixteenth century created ever lasting change in culture, politics, and religion. Various reform movements may have clashed, contradicted, or may have been completely parallel with each other either way all had one goal in mind. Whether it was fundamental differences with sacraments, papal authority, or corruption the goal was to place the fate of the individual in the individual’s hands. With the Church setting such an atrocious agenda the call for reform was…

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