Anyone hoping to comprehend art photography today must reckon with the crystalline, super-sized work of Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer and other Germans who studied in the 1970s and '80s under Bernd and Hilla Becher. In Stefan Gronert's "The Düsseldorf School of Photography," superbly printed images by these artists--Mr. Gursky's hypnotic picture of a "99 Cent" store in California, for starters--accompany a helpful essay that fills in gaps about the Bechers and their influential progeny. --Richard Woodward, Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2010
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Two generations of celebrated artists have since emerged, including Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Candida Hfer, Petra Wunderlich, Axel Htte, Elger Esser, Laurenz Berges et al. And finally the image factory, "Grieger Lab," where the artists discovered the technical potential of large-format photography. Today, Grieger Lab produces big
prints for more than 150 artists the world over. The book offers a first encyclopedic overview and introduces the artists with their best-known pictures. There has been no other art movement in Germany since the Bauhaus to possess such a worldwide appeal as this new Dsseldorf School.