Gursky in talks to photograph opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics

LONDON. The German artist Andreas Gursky is in negotiations with the organisers of the Beijing Olympics to photograph the opening ceremony of the games in August. A spokeswoman for Gursky says that “the organisation and the accreditation process are extremely complicated” but confirms that the project is under discussion. Gursky is known for his large-scale, intricately detailed photographs of hotel lobbies, international stock exchanges and supermarkets. The final photographs are usually altered digitally before printing. In 2007, Gursky travelled to North Korea for his “Pyongyang” series. He photographed the Arirang festival which honours the late Communist leader Kim Il Sung. G.H.

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