Art and Photography


The first major survey of photography's place in recent art history.


Edited by David Campany


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Overview
  • The most authoritative and wide ranging survey to explore the place of photography in contemporary art
  • International artists of the last four decades are each represented by a significant work or series, accompanied by a lucid explanatory text
  • Includes texts by some of the most significant writers of the late 20th century, such as the theorists Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard, and artists Victor Burgin and Jeff Wall
  • Essential reference work for students, professionals and all readers interested in photography and media



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About the book
Art and Photography is the first book of its kind to survey the major presence of photography at the centre of artistic practice from the 1960s onwards. On its invention, the photograph was considered a purely mechanical, an artless object that could not be included in the fine arts. Despite its increasing use by the twentieth century's most significant artists, only since the late 1960s have art museums gradually begun to exhibit and acquire the photograph as an artwork. Today photography is the pre-eminent artistic medium for contemporary artists.

Survey David Campany provides a comprehensive historical overview of photography's place in twentieth-century art history.

Works provides an extensive colour plate and duotone image section with extended captions for every artwork. Divided thematically, each chapter explores a different aspect of photography in twentieth-century culture, examining the diverse ways in which artists have explored and pushed boundaries.

Among more than 190 examples of the most significant photographic projects by artists are works by John Baldessari, Lewis Baltz, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Chris Burden, Victor Burgin, Sophie Calle, Elinor Carucci, Chuck Close, James Coleman, John Coplans, Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, William Eggleston, Joan Fontcuberta, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, John Hilliard, Candida Höfer, Roni Horn, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Richard Long, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager, Joel Meyerowitz, Duane Michals, Boris Mikhailov, Richard Misrach, Gabriel Orozco, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Martha Rosler, Georges Rousse, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Lucas Samaras, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Katharina Sieverding, Lorna Simpson, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Larry Sultan, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Gillian Wearing, Boyd Webb, Carrie Mae Weems, William Wegman and Francesca Woodman.

Documents contextualises the Works with original artists' statements and interviews, often reproduced in book form for the first time, plus writings on art and photography by leading critics, writers and theorists of the late twentieth century.



In The Press

'Presented thematically, with succinct texts that are both readable and informative, the book meets both academic and general needs, without ever compromising the images in display.' (Pictured)

'Imagine the best group show of photographers you've ever seen. Now imagine it's a book. Campany skillfully curates the leading lights of post-1960 into a thematically arranged form with tempting essays by Barthes and Baudrillard into the bargain. It's a timely survey that aspires to be the document of record for the most exciting, universal and accessible art form we've got.' (i-D)

'Art and Photography ... charts the acceptance of photography as an art form. Originally considered a mechanical process, photography is now one of the most widely practised arts. Exploring developments from the Sixties to the present day, this beautiful book covers every major school, style and name, and includes work by the likes of Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky and Gillian Wearing. The perfect family album.' (Vogue)

'Phaidon's Themes and Movements series seeks to provide the late 20th -century art history books of the future.' (Art Monthly)



About the author(s)

David Campany is a writer and artist, and Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster, London. He was co-founder of the organization Photoforum, which brings together theorists and practitioners working in the photographic arts. His published work includes essays in Rewriting Conceptual Art, ed. Jon Bird and Michael Newman (Reaktion, 1999); Postcards on Photography: Photorealism and the Reproduction (Cambridge Darkroom, 1998); Cruel and Tender: the Real in the Twentieth Century Photograph (Tate, 2003) and Stillness and Time: Photography and the Moving Image (Photoforum/Photoworks, 2006). He is the editor of the anthology The Cinematic (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2007) and the author of Photography and Film (Reaktion, 2007).



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