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Art Photography Now

Susan Bright

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A rich collection of over eighty of the most important artist-photographers in the world today


Photography helped shape art in the late 20th century. In the 21st, it has begun to dominate it. This stunning survey, now revised and expanded, presents the work of eighty of the most important artist-photographers in the world today.

Seven sections – Portrait, Landscape, Narrative, Object, Fashion, Document and City – explore the 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 certain approaches.

Each photographer’s work is accompanied by the author’s commentary and by quotations from the artist, offering invaluable insights into the making and meaning of their work.

Leading artists such as Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin and Martin Parr, Gregory Crewdson, Candida Höfer, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tillmans are featured alongside emerging international figures, including Viviane Sassen, Latoya Ruby Frazier and Leigh Ledare.

With an introduction that sets out the historical relationship between art and photography from the early 19th century, and a new final chapter that looks at the changes photography has undergone in recent years, Art Photography Now is a truly comprehensive guide to the essential aspects of contemporary photography.

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'An essential book for anyone interested in contemporary photography'

'Pretty much every page contains an arresting image'

'Excellent survey of fine-art photography … thought-provoking … excellent text. If you’re looking to discover what’s going on in the fine-art photography world, this is the book for you'
Amateur Photographer

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: Revised and expanded edition

Size: 27.5 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 275

Publication date: 19 September 2011

ISBN: 9780500289426

Contents List

Introduction; Portrait, Landscape, Narrative, Object, Fashion, Document, City; Transitions [new chapter, added for this edition]; Notes; Further Reading [expanded for this edition];

About the Author

Susan Bright is a curator and writer. She has taught extensively in the UK and convened major international conferences and seminars on many aspects of art and photography. She was formerly Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Curator at the Association of Photographers and Acting Director for the MA Photography (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Insitute of Art, London.