San Francisco
© Courtesy: Monika Sprueth Galerie, Koeln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2004.

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San Francisco 1998
This large photograph of a San Francisco hotel is over two metres tall. There is no central point of focus and the picture is full of detail, meaning that the viewer is bombarded by a dizzying array of shapes, patterns and perspectives. However, there are no random elements in the picture, as Gursky is meticulous in planning his viewpoint and composition. The few people that are in the photograph are dwarfed by the building, to the extent that three figures in the hotel lobby even look as if they are enclosed inside the abstract sculpture.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Composition, Perspective


  • Acc. No. GMA 4286
  • Medium Colour photograph
  • Size 267.00 x 198.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1999