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Art Photography Now Paperback – 19 Sep 2011
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A strong pick for anyone who wants to understand the art of photography and its full potential as a medium, highly recommended.
Unusual for a book of photography, the reader may take away more from the text than from the images themselves.
About the Author
Susan Bright has contributed to numerous publications and is the author of Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography and Art Photography Now. She currently lives and works in New York.
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As others have described, the book features a sectioned approach to the big hitters in art and contemporary photography from the last 30 or so years, in fact, in some cases I was surprised to see such old work from (excellent) artists like Sugimoto. Images from the 70's aren't very NOW as the book might have you expect, even if they are lovely! Reproductions are good throughout and it covers a wide range of styles and genres, like most photography books it has a strong European and American bias, but that's nothing new.
My complaint with the book would be that it could certainly cover some newer, emerging talent, while the book covers many artists you wouldn't see on the shelves of Waterstones it's by no means packed with obscure young talent in need of exposure, pun not intended. The other issue for me is the text, it's both typographically poor, in that it's MASSIVE and poorly laid out, it's also very thin on conceptual detail and depth. Won't be a problem for everyone, but I'd have liked to see more.
That aside, for it's current very low price it serves as a great introduction to a fascinating area the arts, just don't expect too much. Should you be interested in a more comprehensive survey of modern photography try and track down a copy of Vitamin Ph, which is excellent. Or better yet support British journals such as Photoworks and Source!
It provides a great intro to all sections, notes on a body of
work that is current for each of the photographers she has
chosen in each section, and the reproductions are amazing.
Each photographer has a quote that is especially well chosen
to depict their body or work, or that reveals about them as a photographer/artist.
It has great introductions to each of the genres of photography. Followed by a mixture of different photographers. Its great for finding new photographers. And it has a beautiful selection of images.
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a must for photography takers and lovers.