100 photographers, 10 curators, 10 writers

A global up-to-the-minute overview of international contemporary photography.

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BLINK. presents the work of 100 of the world's most exciting contemporary photographers, selected by 10 internationally acclaimed critics, curators and creative directors. An exhibition in a book, BLINK. showcases up-and-coming talent from all parts of the world, enabling the reader to stay one step ahead of emerging trends in the fast-changing world of photography.

It serves as a unique reference tool for photographers, artists, designers and all those interested in contemporary culture and the image. BLINK. further provides a rare insight into the deliberations of an esteemed, international panel of selectors: the 'experts' making key decisions about the future of photography.

Each curator was commissioned to choose 10 photographers who have broken new ground on the international photography scene in the last four years. BLINK. includes some acclaimed figures, such as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Vik Muniz and Rineke Dijkstra, whom the selectors consider set to become household names over the next few years. Other photographers, such as Tomoko Isoda, Shirana Shahbazi and Marc Asnin, are gaining recognition for their innovative work and are on the verge of global emergence.

The photographers' pages are listed in A-Z order, featuring two double-page spreads of recent, exemplary images, a short explanatory text from the curator, and detailed biographical information. In a series of 10 essays written especially for this publication, the curators describe their decision-making process and reflect on the nature of contemporary photographic practice.

In addition to the photographers, each curator has chosen an extract - written since 1995 - which they feel best illustrates the cultural context surrounding contemporary photography. The 10 works reproduced in the book range from cultural studies to fiction, from criticism to journalism.

BLINK. takes its place in a series of surveys identifying 100 of the most interesting, cutting-edge practitioners of key art forms. Earlier surveys include cream and Fresh Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture, 10x10 and 10x10_2: 10 critics, 100 artists. BLINK. is an incredibly exciting event in the world of photography and, like its precursors, is set to become a highly sought-after collector's item.


Format: Hardback
Size: 225 x 337 mm (8 7/8 x 13 1/4 in)
Pages: 448 pp
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714841991

10 Curators

Shahidul Alam is a photographer and the Director of Drik agency in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Marcelo Brodsky is a photographer and the President of Latin Stock in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Joan Fontcuberta is a photographer and the Editor of Photovision in Utrera, Spain.

Alasdair Foster is the Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Australia.

Dennis Freedman is the Creative Director of W and Details magazines in New York.

Christine Frisinghelli is the Editor of Camera Austria in Graz, Austria.

Shino Kuraishi is the Curator of Photography at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Yokohama, Japan.

Simon Njami is the Editor of Revue Noire and Artistic Director of the Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine, Bamako, Mali.

Wendy Watriss is a photographer and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of FotoFest in Houston, Texas.

Paul Wombell is the Director of the Photographer's Gallery in London.

100 Artists - Abir Abdullah, Gosbert Adler, Akinbodé Akinbiyi, Alexander Apóstol, Marc Asnin, Mert Atlas & Marcus Piggott, Alejandro Bachrach, Tina Barney, Yto Barrada, Uta Barth, Pat Brassington, Adriana Calatayud, Daniel Canogar, Albert Chong, Omar D, Thomas Demand, Tracey Derrick, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Rose Farrell & George Parkin, Samuel Fosso, Seiichi Furuya, Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton, Pablo Garber, Tierney Gearon, Maya Goded, Julio Grinblatt, Jitka Hanzlová, Naoya Hatakeyama, Fran Herbello, Gavin Hipkins, Takashi Homma, Dieter Huber, Sameera Huque, Tomoko Isoda, Sanja Ivekovic, Wu Jialin, Gerald van der Kaap, Osamu Kanemura, Jean-Pierre Khazem, KIDing®, Atta Kim, Steven Klein, Boo Moon Kwon, Rosemary Laing, Luisa Lambri, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Jungjin Lee, Eva Leitolf, Laura Letinsky, Marcos López, Paula Luttringer, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Chema Madoz, Bertien van Manen, Taiji Matsue, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Craig McDean, Hellen van Meene, Boris Mikhailov, Santu Mofokeng, Santos Montes, Abelardo Morell, Mala Mukerjee, Vik Muniz, Yurie Nagashima, Lamia Naji, Eustáquio Neves, Otobong Nkanga, Katsumi Omori, Yuki Onodera, Tatiana Parcero, Swapan Parekh, Eileen Perrier, Patricia Piccinini, Plonk & Replonk, res, Xavier Ribas, Hans-Christian Schink, Joachim Schmid, Zineb Sedira, Shirana Shahbazi, Paul M Smith, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Beat Streuli, Gerardo Suter, Michel Szulc-Krzyzanowski, Michael Thompson, Diana Thorneycroft, Milagros de la Torre, Iké Udé, Juan Urrios, Gabriel Valansi, Cássio Vasconcellos, Massimo Vitali, Hywell Waters, Carrie Mae Weems, Manfred Willmann, Ma Xiao Hu, Takashi Yasumura.

10 Writers - Frits Gierstberg, Christian Höller, Vinay Lal, Angel Mollá, Jean
Loup Pivin, Arundhati Roy, Charles Stainback & Vik Muniz, Hripsimé Visser,
Peter Watson, Akihito Yasumi & Osamu Kanemura.

"This 480-page rectangular book, with the neat, baby blue, barcode-style cover... is a not-to-be-missed who's who hot list, presenting talent in all styles of contemporary photography - from fashion, to art, photojournalism to digital."—Picture Magazine

"This 480-page rectangular book, with the neat, baby blue, barcode-style cover... is a not-to-be-missed who's who hot list, presenting talent in all styles of contemporary photography - from fashion, to art, photojournalism to digital."—Picture Magazine

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