The Photograph as Contemporary Art

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The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton

“Essential reading for anyone who wishes to make sense of the complex . . . world of contemporary art photography.” —Picture Professional
In the 21st century photography has come of age as a contemporary art form. Nearly two centuries after photographic technology was first invented, the art world has fully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture. This book provides an introduction to contemporary art-photography, identifying its most important features and themes and celebrating its exciting pluralism through an overview of its most important and innovative practitioners. The work of nearly 250 photographers is reproduced, from established artists such as Isa Genzken, Jeff Wall, Sophie Calle, Thomas Demand, Nan Goldin, and Sherrie Levine to emerging talents such Walead Beshty, Jason Evans, Lucas Blalock, Sara VanDerBeek, and Viviane Sassen.This new edition brings the story of contemporary art photography up to date with a revised introduction outlining the evolution of photography from documentary tool to art form, and an updated final chapter focusing on the younger generation of artists who emphasize the technical and material properties of photography, employ it as part of a wider pan-media practice, or respond to evolving new modes of dissemination in the digital age.

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ISBN-13: 9780500204184
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 03/17/2014
Series: World of Art Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 296,927
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Cotton is Department Head & Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 If This Is Art 21

Chapter 2 Once Upon a Time 49

Chapter 3 Deadpan 81

Chapter 4 Something and Nothing 115

Chapter 5 Intimate Life 137

Chapter 6 Moments in History 167

Chapter 7 Revived and Remade 191

Chapter 8 Physical and Material 219

Further Reading 242

Illustration List 244

Index 248

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MissLadyBird More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book on Contemporary Photographic artist working primarily with color images. It provides a large array of small snipits of information on numerous artists, which are easily researched via the internet or your local library. A good book for any serious photographer, art historian or for that person who would like to understand photography more fully.