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The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art)

Charlotte Cotton


A new edition of the definitive affordable title for students and teachers in the field of contemporary art photography

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In the 21st century photography has come of age as a contemporary art form. Almost two centuries after photographic technology was first invented, the art world has fully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture. This book provides an introduction to the extraordinary range of contemporary art photography, from portraits of intimate life to highly staged, ‘directorial’ spectacle. The vast span of photographers whose work is reproduced includes established artists such as Isa Genzken, Jeff Wall, Sophie Calle, Thomas Demand, Nan Goldin and Sherry Levine, as well as emerging talents such as Sara VanDerBeek, Rashid Johnson, Viviane Sassen and Amalia Ulman. This new edition revitalizes previous discussion of works from the 2000s through dialogue with more recent practice. Adding to the wide selection featured of work, Cotton celebrates a new generation of artists, who are shaping photography as a culturally significant medium for our current socio-political climate.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Fourth edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 328 pp

Illustrations: 273

Publication date: 27 August 2020

ISBN: 9780500204481

Contents List

Introduction • 1. If This Is Art • 2. Once Upon a Time • 3. Deadpan • 4. Something and Nothing • 5. Intimate Life • 6. Moments in History • 7. Revived and Remade 8. Physical and Material

About the Author

Charlotte Cotton is Curator in Residence at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, and has previously held senior posts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in London The Photographers’ Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. She has held scholarly posts at Yale, NYU, The New School for Design and California College of Art.

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