10 Must Reads: Contemporary Photography

"Engaging, illuminating and important." 
Dr Chris Webster, Curator of Photography, School of Art, Aberystwyth University.

"Fascinating... a valuable resource for artists, museum professionals, students and academics everywhere." 
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Director, Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab,
Cyprus University of Technology.

Image-sharing and social media are driving an unprecedented boom in audiences for photography. Underscoring this trend, the world’s biggest museum space for the presentation of photography opened this year: the Pritzker Center for Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art devotes over 15,000 square feet to the medium.

As the New York Times commented in 2013, “Museum directors are realizing that photography exhibitions attract crowds, particularly the young audiences they covet, so they are giving more attention and space to the medium than ever before.” And, whether or not this is the best reason for doing it, it’s about time too, some will feel.

In 10 Must Reads: Contemporary Photography, we’ve drawn on the content of our contemporary photography titles to curate a range of thought-provoking essays on contemporary photography. You’ll find insights from curators, academics and practising photographers into the work of a cross-section of today’s photographers, well-known and lesser-known alike. The work of such luminaries as Tacita Dean, Robert Frank, Daido Moriyama, Richard Mosse, Ed Ruscha, Fiona Tan, Garry Winogrand and Francesca Woodman is closely examined and set in context.

Among the varied perspectives are considerations of many timely themes and issues: from street photography, through found photography, to photobooks and alternative methods of presentation. Our hope is that these essays will help inform your, your institution’s – and your visitors’ – understanding and appreciation of this exciting and still developing medium.

This 276-page collection of essays, with over 50 colour and mono illustrations, includes:

Street Photography as a Route to the Self 
Manila Castoro, School of Arts, University of Kent

The Collapse of Memory in the Work of Daido Moriyama 
J M Hammond, Writer

Catharsis: Images of Post-Conflict Belfast 
Angela Kelly, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology

The Trajectory of Reflexivity
Erin McNeil, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Preston, Paris, Process 
Adam Murray, Liverpool John Moores University & Preston is my Paris and Diane Smythe, British Journal of Photography

Keith Vaughan: A Surrogate Touch 
Simon Pierse, School of Art, Aberystwyth University

Francesca Woodman’s Artist’s Books 
Jane Simon, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Tacita Dean, Fiona Tan, Documentation Céline Duval and the Family Album
Logan Sisley, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland

Fractured Images 
Rob Tovey, University of Coventry

Peter Doherty’s The Books of Albion 
Annalisa Zox-Weaver, Writer and Editor

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Director, Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab, Cyprus University of Technology:
This fascinating volume not only discusses the work of key contemporary photographers but also explores a number of “hot” topics such as artistic practice and processes, the artist’s book, found photography and memory. A valuable resource for artists, museum professionals, students and academics everywhere.

Dr Chris Webster, Curator of Photography, School of Art, Aberystwyth University:
This collection of essays is an engaging, illuminating and important introduction to diverse strategies of photographic making, the construction of the meta-album and the reflection of the cultural self.

10 Must Reads: Contemporary Photography
Pages 276
Colour and mono illustrations 50
Size 216 x 140 mm
Publication 7 November 2016
Editions £39 [paperback] | £69 [hardback]
ISBN 978-1-910144-80-0 [paperback] | 978-1-910144-81-7 [hardback] 

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