Author(s): Susan Bright
Photography helped shape art in the late twentieth century; in the twenty-first, it has begun to dominate it. Not only are major international museums and galleries devoting blockbuster exhibitions to the medium, but artist-photographers are also being celebrated as contemporary masters, with their pieces commanding unprecedented prices. This stunning survey presents the work of eighty of the most important and best-loved artist-photographers in the world today such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Sophie Calle, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Allan Sekula, Boris Mikhailov, Inez van Lamsweerde, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sam Taylor-Wood and many more. Introductions to each section outline the current genres and consider why photographers are attracted to certain themes. Each photographer s work is then presented in sequence, with commentaries by the author highlighting the art s most important aspects. A general introduction sets out the historical relationship between art and photography from the early nineteenth century and discusses the art world s embrace of the medium in recent decades. Art Photography Now is a truly comprehensive guide to the essential aspects of contemporary photography.
Susan Bright is an independent writer, lecturer and curator. A former curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery and Director of the Association of Photographers Gallery, she has also been an Associate Lecturer in Photographic History and Theory at the London College of Communication.