Andreas GurskyChicago, Board of Trade II 1999

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Andreas Gursky (born 1955)
Chicago, Board of Trade II
Date 1999
MediumPhotograph, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1574 x 2840 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2000
Not on display


Chicago, Board of Trade II was produced in an edition of six. Tate owns one of two artist’s proofs of the image. This large colour photograph depicts the trading floor of the Board of Trade in Chicago. Seen from above, the floor is a dense hive of activity. Brokers in brightly coloured jackets stand in groups around banks of monitors. Their flurried actions give the image a blurred quality; Gursky double exposed several sections of the image to enhance this sense of movement. Around the edges of the pit rise banks of desks, behind which are seated rows of figures hunched over telephones, staring at screens or gesticulating to their colleagues.

Gursky’s process often involves taking several pictures of a subject and scanning the resultant images into a computer where he can merge and manipulate them. His aim in using digital technology is not to create fictions but rather to heighten the image of something that exists in the world. He has said, ‘Since 1992 I have consciously made use of the possibilities offered by electronic picture processing, so as to emphasise formal elements that will enhance the picture, or, for example, to apply a picture concept that in real terms of perspective would be impossible to realise’ (quoted in ‘..… (read more)

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