- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (16 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500290954
- ISBN-13: 978-0500290958
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.9 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained Paperback – 16 Sep 2013
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If you're after a pocket primer in contemporary art photography, Why It Does Not Have to Be In Focus offers an incisive starting point. --The Daily Telegraph
It's a great book - inventive, and persuasively argued. --Amateur Photographer
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Many will have heard the names Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing. Others are unfamiliar to me, like Francesca Woodman who tragically committed suicide at the age of 22.
There is a double page spread for each photo, discussing how and why it was taken, with information about the photographer. Some are weird, surreal, and some are surely posturing, pretentious? Waiting for someone to point out the Emperor is not wearing any clothes?
P.53 - a photo of a light bulb! The comment is "this image could be interpreted as an amateur, almost accidental, snapshot of a ceiling." Hm. P 65 another photo which suggests a "family holiday snapshot" but it has paint smeared across it.
But there is exciting, challenging stuff, a bouquet of flowers captured in the moment of exploding, there is restaging of Old Masters and surreal fantasy scenes.
Perhaps Alex Prager, whose enigmatic photo Deborah is on page 147, sums it up: "It's not photography... they should come up with another word for what the young generation of photographers are doing." Andreas Gursky, famous for his oversized photos of supermarkets, agrees. "A fixed definition of the term "photography" has become impossible."
The best aspect of this book is the range of artists and techniques on show. Sometimes the subject of the photograph is subverted or experimented with (as in the chapter on portraits and narrative); other times technique comes to the fore, for example Michael Wesely's years-long camera exposures, Gerhard Richter's doctoring of snapshots with lush smears of paint, or the many instance of cameraless photography. These are works that can be returned to again and again and they are a good starting point for further reading.
Overall, though, the book feels rather small and cramped. Half the works fall on the fold, meaning it's difficult to appreciate them as a whole, and numerous text boxes on each page jostle confusingly for attention.
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This isn't going to help you take photographs - in focus or not.
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I love this little book, it explains a lot about imagery and makes you look a lot deeper in to the photograph rather than just the surface.Published 13 months ago by alienfunk
Really nice overview of a variety of genres and practitioners.
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