Gursky was born in the German town of Leipzig and studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. He produces photographs which are enlarged to a spectacular, epic scale and frequently digitally enhanced. The pictures are often full of detail and there is an emphasis on strong abstract shapes and colour patterns. In his images of cities, factory and hotel interiors, consumer displays and trading halls, the human presence is either removed altogether or the people are reduced to an insignificant, Lilliputian size. Gursky's huge prints show how man can be dwarfed by society, whether willingly or otherwise.