It’s called Rhein II, and was made by German visual artist Andreas Gursky in 1999. Last year, one of the prints was sold for $4.3 million, making the most expensive photograph ever sold. It is the second of a set of six photos of the River Rhine.
Gursky took the photo and removed details like buildings and people walking dogs. While that might make the price seem silly, or the photo not authentic, it seems to work for the betterment of the photo.
Gurksy justified it himself, saying "Paradoxically, this view of the Rhine cannot be obtained in situ, a fictitious construction was required to provide an accurate image of a modern river."
The image, which you can see on the right, has been described by arts writer Florence Waters as a "vibrant, beautiful and memorable – I should say unforgettable – contemporary twist on the romantic landscape.” Does it resonate with you at all?