Why Art Photography? by Lucy SoutterWhy Art Photography? by Lucy Soutter

Why Art Photography?

byLucy SoutterEditorLucy Soutter

Paperback | April 2, 2013

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Contemporary art photography is paradoxical. Anyone can look at it and form an opinion about what they see, yet it represents critical positions that only a small minority of well-informed viewers can usuallyaccess.

Why Art Photography?provides a lively, accessible introduction to the ideas behind today's striking photographic images. Exploring key issues such as ambiguity, objectivity, staging, authenticity, the digital and photography's expanded field, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on existing debates. While the main focus is on the present, the book traces concepts and visual styles to their origins, drawing on carefully selected examples from recognized international photographers. Images, theories and histories are described in a clear, concise manner and keyterms are defined along the way.

This book is ideal for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of photography as an art form.

Lucy Soutteris a photographer, critic and art historian. She is a tutor in the Department of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. Her writings on contemporary art and photography include essays inGirls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art(Intellect, 2011),Appropriation(Whitechapel Gallery, 2009) andRole Models: Fe...
Title:Why Art Photography?Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.4 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415577349

ISBN - 13:9780415577342

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Art Photography?  Chapter 1. Hybrid Genres: Portraiture  Chapter 2. Objectivity and Seriousness  Chapter 3. Fictive Documents  Chapter 4. Authenticity  Chapter 5. Digital Dialogues: Spectacle and Spectators  Chapter 6. Beyond Photography

Editorial Reviews

'While documentary photography is generally well understood, the diverse traditions of conceptual, semi-factual or entirely fictional art photography remain a mystery to many.¿Why Art Photography?¿is an accessible and intelligent guide, which addresses key themes like "authenticity" and "objectivity" by examining the thought-provoking work of living, often younger, artists.' ¿ Dr Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World 'The reader joins Soutter's class to gain access to the rarefied debates encountered at the cutting edge of contemporary art photography.' - The Art Newspaper 'Soutter has accomplished her mission: to those in the know and those who want to be, she has explained not just the whys but the how-tos of contemporary art photography.' - Source