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Andreas Gursky's photographs are famous mainly because of their massive price tags. But what's really important about them is the revolutionary idea of photography they embody

By Ben Lewis   March 2007

Andreas Gursky bestrides the art world like a colossus. For once in the contemporary art scene, form, content and price tag come together like a rare planetary alignment. The 51-year-old German photographer makes the best and most expensive photographs in the world, and he’s just made some new ones that are being shown in Munich at the renovated Nazi museum Haus der Kunst.

I say “just.” Many of these photographs have taken five or six years to capture. If only more of today’s painters spent as many weeks on a work. But then most of today’s paintings don’t cost as…

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