- Andreas Gursky Leipzig, Germany, 1955
- Technique:Chromogenic print on paper
- Dimensions:Image: 250 x 159,5 cm
- Edition/serial number:6/6
- Category: Photography
- Entry date:2001
- Register number:AD02317
In the 1980s, alongside Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and others, and under the tutelage of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gursky was a student at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, considered the epicentre of the post-war German avant-garde. Gursky brings a new image to the concept of the image-type, with a raised, richly chromatic and highly detailed viewpoint, evolving from spontaneous observation to the creation of a preconceived image, similar to the Bechers’ work but with the added support of digital manipulation.
Shanghai, which was assembled from four negatives, is a panoramic composition of the monumental atrium of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in that city. This highly detailed and pin-sharp architectural view follows the same pattern that runs through the artist’s work in the 1990s. The inability to place oneself within the space and the loss of physical references seem to connect to a contemporary “sublime”, as defined by Fredric Jameson on the basis of the unimaginable accumulation of global capital.
Andreas Gursky : fotografien 1984 bis heute / herausgegeben von Marie Luise Syring ; mit Texten von Lynne Cooke, Rupert Pfab und Marie Luise SyringGursky, Andreas (1955-)München : Schirmer/Mosel , 1998
Andreas Gursky : architecture : Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, [May 11-September 7, 2008] / edited by Ralf Beil and Sonja FesselGursky, Andreas (1955-)Ostfildern : Hatje/Cantz , 
Galassi, PeterNew York : Museum of Modern Art : H.N. Abrams , 2001
Andreas Gursky : photographs from 1984 to the present : [exhibition], Kunsthalle Düsseldorf / edited by Marie Luise Syring with texts by Lynne Cooke, Rupert Pfab and Marie Luise SyringGursky, Andreas (1955-)Munich : Schirmer-Mosel , 1998
[Madrid] : Kines Producciones , cop. 2001