At the risk of (a little!) self-promotion, I would like to recommend my own title, Civilization: The Way We Live Now, co-authored with William A. Ewing. This book expands on our international travelling exhibition of the same name, which opens in June 2023 at the Saatchi Gallery, London. The core of the project explores how photography has captured a portrait of our 21st-century planetary civilization. It focuses on the cumulative human endeavour in an expansive and collective form, which has given rise to the most complex and interconnected human society the world has ever seen. Uniting art and documentary photography, photojournalism and commercial image-making, Civilization is organized across eight themes with close to 500 images. The project looks from the present into the future, asking us to consider from the perspective of contemporary photographers, where we live, how we consume, how we travel, learn, explore, and control our environments. Statements from more than 100 artists on their photographic practice in relation to this expansive topic are a rich resource (not to be overlooked!) at the end of the publication.
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