How does Gursky do that? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

How does Andreas Gursky make his giant photo prints?

-- A. Ricke (, March 04, 2001


After he has digitized his negative and worked on them in Photoshop he uses a lab with Lightjet processors that can handle 120 inch paper---He was featured in a New Yorker article sometime in in January, 2001.

-- deposee (, March 04, 2001.

MOMA has a page for the current exhibit on the web at:

-- David Goldfarb (, March 06, 2001.

there's more to it than just scanning his 4x5's-- his images are digital composites of many 4x5 originals. on location, he shoots several images panorama-style, covering the entire location with different images. then he scans each one and laces them all together digitally to create a single seamless image that looks like it was taken with a 20x24" camera using an impossibly perspective-controlled ultra-wide angle lens. i don't know what the final filesizes are-- several 4x5's scanned at high res would pretty quickly get up into the several-gigabyte size, and would approach Photoshop's max filesize of 30,000 x 30,000 pixels. perhaps he's using Live Picture or some other program, or his scans are not as high-res as one would typically use from a 4x5 (i.e., 300MB+). ~chris jordan, seattle

-- (, March 14, 2001.

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