Understanding Himself as a Painter - Photographer

photographer Andreas Gursky
written by Beat Wismer


It is hardly surprising that there are intense discussions once again – as there were before 2011, the year when his extensive series Bangkok was created – about the (alleged) similarity or comparability of Andreas Gursky’s works with painting. Those versed in the problems of modern painting will certainly immediately recall art informel. Undeniably, there is a certain superficial resemblance of the photographed and then processed images, which reflect the light of the water of the polluted Chao Phraya River and have an extremely artistic feel, with the works of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, Sam Francis, Cy Twombly and others.