Segments in this Video

"The Rhine II" (03:36)


Hilla Becher describes how her husband found the photograph too abstract. Andreas Gursky explains that the first time he went to shoot the site, the wind was too calm. (Credits)

One Year Before the Exhibit's Opening (06:20)

Gursky scouts locations in Kamp-Lintfort and Geisenkirchen. The miners hang their clothing overhead while not working. Each miner undresses in the white changing room, walks naked into the black changing room, and lowers his personal gear.

Exhibition (02:25)

Werner Spies discusses how "Prada II" focuses on minimalist art. Because Gursky uses such a large format, his photographs create a large impact and appear romantic.

Ten Months Before the Exhibit's Opening (04:54)

Gursky photographs the black changing room at a coal mine factory in Hamm. The artist discusses how he is very free in composition but only uses objects found at the site. Gursky decides to work in analog and digitally.

Packing for the Shoot (04:12)

Gursky examines "Siemens, Karlsruhe," a photograph he took in the 1980s. The photographer and his assistant pack the lenses, flashes, film holders, and other equipment to shoot the black changing room.

The Shoot (05:18)

Gursky changes the direction of the photograph after realizing that one side is considerably emptier than before and adjusts the f-stop.

"Paris, Montparnasse" (01:59)

Becher describes how the photograph captures the macro and micro cosmos of the apartment building. Gursky uses two camera positions so the edifice does not appear distorted and creates perspective.

Editing the Photographs (06:09)

Reinhard Ottenlinger agrees the digital image seems to lack contrast. The image cannot fit on a single monitor. Gursky adds in additional clothing from other shots while maintaining perspective.

"Pjongjang III" (04:45)

Spies discusses the impact of the photograph. Gursky enjoys shooting from helicopters, incorporating a "Google Earth" perspective. At Studio Grieger in Dussledorf, a large format printer reproduces the image on paper.

Additional Shoot (04:58)

A group of men pose for Gursky to be incorporated into the shot. The photographer explains where the men will be added.

"99 Cent" (03:33)

Gursky depicts the store without embellishment or using tricks. Ottenlinger demonstrates how to incorporate the posed men into the image.

"Toys 'R Us" (04:31)

Gursky does not specify how to interpret his photographs but offers possibilities. "Hamm Bergwerk Ost" premieres in a retrospective at the Museum Haus Esters.

Pinchuk Art Center (04:00)

Victor Pinchuk admires the Gursky's artistic style and purchases "Kuwait Stock Exchange" and "Hamm Bergwerk Ost."

Credits: Andreas Gursky - Long Shot Close Up (00:56)

Credits: Andreas Gursky - Long Shot Close Up

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This is a unique portrayal of artist Andreas Gursky and one of his most popular works, Hamm Bergwerk Ost. It follows the image’s journey—from conception, to construction, to contraction and to reaction—until it found its home in a worthy collection, which holds many of its “siblings”: the private collection of one of the wealthiest men in the Ukraine, Victor Pinchuk. Pinchuk later revealed his personal connection to the piece.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL168663

ISBN: 978-1-64481-803-9

Copyright date: ©2009

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