Andreas Gursky is best known for his large-scale, colour photographs that explore and reflect the effect of capitalism and globalisation on contemporary life.Gursky takes his inspiration from a wide range of sources, for example a black a white photograph in a newspaper, the subject is then researched at length before the final photograph is shot and often altered digitally before printing. During the 1980s and 1990s Gursky's work took on an increasingly global range of subjects, and he presented his images on an ever larger scale.Andreas Gursky was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1955. He grew up in Dsseldorf, the only child of a successful commercial photographer, learning the tricks of the trade before he had finished high school. In the late 1970s, he spent two years at the Folkwangschule (Folkwang School) West Germanys leading training ground for professional photographers, especially photojournalists. Finally, in the early 1980s, he attened the Staatliche Kunstakademie (State Art Academy) in Dsseldorf, where he studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher, whose photographs had achieved prominence within the Conceptual and Minimal art movements. Gursky currently lives and works in Dsseldorf.