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This book describes and illustrates the vast repertoire of modalities that the contemporary artist uses to produce art through photography from the 1980s to today. Documenting the work of more than 170 internationally established artists alongside those of the younger generation, from Andreas Gursky to Nan Goldin, from Richard Billingham to Yinka Shonibare and Gregory Crewdson, from Wolfgang Tillmans to Lue Delahaye and Allan Sekula, from Sophie Calle a Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing … Organized by thematic chapters, Charlotte Cotton’s essay examines specific themes such as storytelling in photographic art, the recording of the insignificant detail of daily existence or intimate life, the use of photography in conceptual art, the detached objective aesthetic prevalent in contemporary style, photography as a privileged deposit of personal, social and cultural values in a world saturated with images. The last chapter studies the particular appeal of many artists to the physical and material properties of photography in the digital age. Presenting internationally established artists alongside those of the younger generation, “Photography in Contemporary Art” documents the multiple approaches and impact strength of contemporary art photography. The book is an indispensable point of reference for anyone involved in art and photography and is enriched by 232 images in color and black and white.
Charlotte Cotton, La fotografia come arte contemporanea
Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi, 2010
13,5cm x 20,5cm