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Art Photography Now (Second Edition) Paperback – October 24, 2011
“An essential book for anyone interested in contemporary photography.”―ArtReviewNow revised and expanded, this essential survey presents the work of eighty of the most important artist-photographers in the world.
The book is divided into seven sections―Portrait, Landscape, Narrative, Object, Fashion, Document, and City―that explore the diverse subjects, styles, and methods of the leading practitioners. Introductions to each section outline the genres and consider why photographers are attracted to certain themes, and how issues like memory, time, objectivity, politics, identity, and the everyday are tied to their approaches. Each photographer’s work is accompanied by Susan Bright’s commentaries and by quotations from the artist.
Leading artists such as Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin and Martin Parr, Gregory Crewdson, Candida Ho¨fer, Gabriel Orozco, and Wolfgang Tillmans are featured alongside emerging international figures, including Viviane Sassen, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Leigh Ladure. The introduction explores the historical relationship between art and photography from the early nineteenth century, and a new final chapter looks at the changes photography has undergone in recent years. 254 full-color and 21 black-and-white photographs
- The Midwest Book Review
“Unusual for a book of photography, the reader may take away more from the text than from the images themselves.”
- Photoshop User
About the Author
- Publisher : Thames & Hudson; Second edition (October 24, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0500289425
- ISBN-13 : 978-0500289426
- Item Weight : 2.54 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book though is both excellent and... a bit confusing. Although she mentions the most famous and accomplished of photographers in the chapter introductions and shows a few of their pictures, like those of Nan Goldin, Martin Parr or Andreas Gursky, many of the photographers, while known, are not from the most famous. All things being equal, getting an introduction to photographers with whom we are not familiar is a good thing. Unfortunately all things are not equal.
Still, to be fair, this indispensable survey presents the work of almost 80 of the most important and best-known art photographers in the world: Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Cindy Sherman, Boris Mikhailow, Jeff Wall, Sophie Calle, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Allan Sekula, Inez van Lamsweerde, Sam Taylor-Wood, and many more are featured in its pages.
Edited by Ms. Susan Bright, former Curator of Photographs at London's National Portrait Gallery, has organized the book into seven sections -- Object, City, Portrait, Fashion, Document, Landscape and Narrative--and provides an introductory essay for each. Along with each photographer's works, presented in sequence within those divisions. Ms. Bright's commentaries provide, most of the time, a true context and depth, and quotations from the artists themselves offer valuable insights into the motivation, inspiration, and intentions behind the work.
Aperture, a respected photography publishing house, has beautifully produced this handsome book with 80 of what they consider to be the best living and working art photographers. The selection is broad, encompasses many areas and is well organized into 7 sections from Portrait to City. Several works from each artist are presented along with a short description of an artist's Work from a curator's perspective. Even more valuable are quotations from each artist describing their Work from their perspective. This alone makes the book worth owning.
Photographers you might know; Cindy Sherman, Thomas Ruff, Gregory Crewdson, Jeff Wall, Uta Barth, Joel Sternfeld, Thomas Demand and many others are alongside people you have probably never heard of but should get to know. The coverage of the cinematic, self exploration/psychological, conceptual and to some extent digital influences presented here should be thought provoking. Clearly, the "digitalness" of photography as a medium and all that implies -- interaction and collaboration, manipulation and realism, and authenticity and authority -- is growing in importance and will no doubt be better covered in the future as those artists emerge.
There are only two omissions that would have been interesting to see included; artists such as Gerhard Richter, best known for his painting and who uses photography extensively -- and some of the newest up and comers, like Idris Khan. To be fair, those areas are rich enough to support separate books and you should not let this keep you from buying this book. Overall, this is an excellent way to quickly learn about contemporary photography and you will not be disappointed.