Andreas Gursky received training under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in the early 1980s. Since the late 1980's Gursky's photographs - big, bold, rich in color and detail - belong to the most original achievements in contemporary photography. Gursky has concentrated on sites of commerce and tourism, making work that draws attention to today's burgeoning high-tech industry and global markets. His imagery ranges from the vast, anonymous architecture of modern day hotel lobbies, apartment buildings and warehouses to stock exchanges and parliaments in places from as far a field as Shanghai, Brasilia, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Although his work adopts the scale and composition of historical landscape paintings, his photographs are often derived from inauspicious sources: a black and white photograph in a newspaper, for example, that is then researched at length before the final photograph is shot and often altered digitally before printing. Major institutions such as the Tate Modern (London), MOMA (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Kunsthaus Zürich, Metropolitan Museum (New York), Gugenheim Museum (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art own his work. Selected solo exhibitons: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2008/9), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2008), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2007), MOMA, New York (2001), and Photographs 1984 - 1993, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (1994).