The Photograph as Contemporary Art


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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 hasfully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture.This book provides an introduction to the extraordinary range of contemporary artphotography, from portraits of intimate life to highly staged, ‘directorial’ spectacle.

Thevast span of photographers whose work is reproduced includes established artists suchas 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 Sassenand Amalia Ulman.

This new edition revitalizes previous discussion of works fromthe 2000s through dialogue with more recent practice. Adding to the wide selectionfeatured of work, Cotton celebrates a new generation of artists, who are shapingphotography as a culturally significant medium for our current socio-political climate.

Table of Contents

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

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