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This critical sampler of contemporary, conceptual photographs by 120 photographers from across the globe features well-established artists such as Richard Billingham and Takashi Homma as well as up-and-comers like Beate Gütschow and Barbara Probst. Each entry contains an essay about the artist and three pages of the photographer's images. In the introductory text, Paolo Bianchi credits Silvio Vietta for the key elements to understanding the language of contemporary photography-imagination, emotion, memory, association, and sensation-around which he organizes his essay. Sixteen esteemed international curators and scholars, including Grosenick (editor, Art Now) and Seelig (curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland), have contributed accompanying essays. In addition to 520 color and 45 black-and-white images, this handsome volume contains a glossary of up-to-date terminology. It is an invaluable tool for understanding the scope and depth of photography's stake in the art world in this nascent 21st century and each artist's unique contribution. Recommended for large public libraries, academic libraries, and specialized collections.