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Collect Contemporary Photography

Jocelyn Phillips, Malcolm Cossons

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An indispensable practical guide for anyone looking to start their own photography collection


Where does one begin when assembling a collection of contemporary photography? How can one identify prints of lasting appeal? From discovering photographers to determining editions and displaying prints, Collect Contemporary Photography accompanies collectors through the whole process of acquiring photographic works. It also provides guidance on practical matters, including information about different photographic techniques.

Forty photographers to consider when collecting are profiled in detail, with information about their background and training, and sources of inspiration. The selection is truly international, covering the United States, Germany, Turkey, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and beyond. Photography lovers and collectors will feel inspired by the diversity and creativity of the artists. Among the featured names are Gregory Crewdson with his well-known Twilight scenes, Denis Darzacq with his freeze-frame photographs of Paris youths, Julia Fullerton-Batten with her images of teenage girls, Youssef Nabil with his hand-coloured star portraits and Izima Kaoru with his fictional death scenes.

Photography today occupies a central space in our visual culture. The individual photograph exists as both image and physical object, and often the same image may be printed in different versions or media, which makes collecting decisions more complex. The featured photographers work in a range of different styles, some also applying collage techniques, painting and digital manipulation.

Collect Contemporary Photography will empower any budding collecter to make informed choices and so begin building a collection of enduring relevance and value.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.5 x 14.5 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 153

Publication date: 13 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500288542

Contents List

Introduction • Buying Photography • The Photographers: Miles Aldridge • Benoit Aquin • Olivo Barbieri • Peter Beard • Jonas Bendiksen • Elina Brotherus • Edward Burtynsky • Kelli Connell • Gregory Crewdson • Denis Darzacq • Tacita Dean • Philip-Lorca Dicorcia • Ahmet Ertug • Julia Fullerton-Batten • Stephen Gill • Aneta Grzeszykowska • Sunil Gupta • Naoya Hatakeyama • Bill Henson • Zhang Huan • Tom Hunter • Nadav Kander • Izima Kaoru • Rinko Kawauchi • Idris Khan • Edgar Martins • Richard Misrach • Stephen J. Morgan • Youssef Nabil • Simon Norfolk • Martin Parr • Alex Prager • Wang Quingsong • Ed Ruscha • Alec Soth • Thomas Struth • Mitra Tabrizian • Nazif Topçuoglu • Ruud van Empel • Hellen van Meene • Conservation and Display • Galleries & Private Dealers • Photography Fairs

About the Author

Jocelyn Phillips has been the contemporary photography specialist at Sotheby’s London and other auction houses.

Malcolm Cossons is an art writer and editor. He has written articles for numerous publications and edited two guides on collecting Collect Contemporary Photography and Collect Contemporary Jewelry. He is also the author of a children's book Dot to Dot.

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