Contacts, Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography
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(Oct 25, 2005)
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It's also willing to rely on the artist's narration of their own work, so you'll get to hear them explain their thoughts in-depth and you'll view their work entirely differently than if you'd just seen it in a book or a gallery. The first few minutes will be boring if you make quick judgements about their work, soon after though, you'll see the depth of their interests and the way their mind operates. Plenty of reason to pay attention!
You'll be turned out to a lot of new photographers, this is way better than any modern photography book you can get your hands on.
Is this a guide to photography (how-to book)--most definitely not. Is it an introduction to contemporary fine-art photographers--most definitely. Also, one reviewer thinks these photographers are all French--yikes!--there are actually many contemporary photographers from several nationalities...
In every way this is an excellent reference very close to the source, which is unusual and very valuable to the student of photography.
The emphasis is not on personalities but on the photography and for that reason each title in the series has been thoroughly enjoyed by my university second- and third-year Visual Arts/Photography degree students, but this, Vol. 3, has prompted most discussion, despite the by now quite venerable age of the production!
Alain Fleischer (France) and John Hilliard (UK), both of whom produce work with a perceptual as well as conceptual interest, stand out as voices rarely heard.
It is refreshing to find arts/photography documentary material that is a European production with universal appeal, aside from the more widely disseminated dross with the usual US bias!
The quality is good though the DVDs are NTSC and are not (**!??) issued in PAL, despite my requests directly to distributor! For those in front of a class the DVD menu navigation is efficient.
In terms of quality and value as a contribution to scholarship and teaching, I'd place 'Contacts' up with the TATE MODERN's extraordinarily pithy and insightful, tightly edited (5 min.) vodcast series 'Tate Shots'.
John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Alain Fleischer, John Hilliard, Roni Horn, Martin Parr, Georges Rousse, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans are a provocative combination - and value for money!
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