En­cy­clopae­dia of life

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Widely re­garded as one of the most sig­nif­i­cant pho­tog­ra­phers of our time, An­dreas Gursky is known for his spec­tac­u­lar shots of em­blem­atic sites, scenes of the global econ­omy and con­tem­po­rary life. This ret­ro­spec­tive, the Ger­man’s first in the UK – at Lon­don’s newly re­fur­bished Hay­ward Gallery, cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary – fea­tures 68 of the artist’s ground­break­ing pho­to­graphs from the 1980s to the present day, in­clud­ing eight new works be­ing shown for the first time. No­table among them is (2007/2017) and

(2007/2017), which doc­u­ment North Korea’s Mass Games, a metic­u­lously chore­ographed group dis­play of dance and ac­ro­bat­ics held in hon­our of the coun­try’s pre­vi­ous leader, Kim Il-Sung. Gursky’s mantra is straight­for­ward: “I only pur­sue one goal: the en­cy­clopae­dia of life.” The show runs un­til April 22.

south­bank­cen­tre.co.uk/venues/hay­ward-gallery

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