Vitamin Ph: new perspectives in photography

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Phaidon, 2006 - Photography - 352 pages
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The Definitive Book on Photography Today;Featuring 121 Artists from Over 30 CountriesThe life of an artistic medium lies in the capricious nature of thecontemporary art market.Even the heavy-hitters - painting, sculpture anddrawing - have fallen victim to this ebb and flow; declared dead onemoment, only to be resurrected the next. Now it is photography''s turn tocontemplate its fate atop this precarious fence.Does it fall backward andplay into the taunts that call photography an "obsolete" medium, sostretched and manipulated by its collaborations with other practices thatit is rendered indefinable?Or, inspired by globalization, does it jumpforward into distinction, with practitioners resuscitating the traditionalform of the documentary image?VITAMIN Ph: NEW PERSPECTIVES IN PHOTOGRAPHY, with an introduction by TJDemos, is the definitive book on photography in the contemporary art worldtoday.VITAMIN Ph is a global survey of new developments in the medium ofphotography, featuring 121 living artists who have made a contribution tothe international art photography scene in the last five years. VITAMIN Ph presents a stunning collection of 500 images, the magnitude anddiversity of which illustrates the integral developments in photography -the dispersal of the medium on the one hand and the reinvention ofdocumentary representation on the other - that have recalibrated the mediumin the age of globalization. The artists were nominated by 78 of theworld''s top critics, curators and fellow artists such as: Vince Aletti,Christine Macel, Martin Parr, Sandra Philips, Mark Godfrey, Tod Papageorge,Tim Griffin, Jack Persekian, Richard Flood, Donna De Salvo, Katy Seigel,Richard Prince and Sarah Lewis. VITAMIN Ph features an introduction by TJ Demos, Lecturer in Art History atUniversity College London, member of Art Journal''s editorial board andcontributor to ArtForum.Demos offers a critical account of photography asa medium driven by two things - the reinvention of documentary practice andphotography''s fragmentation as a medium - and inspired by the historicalcircumstances of our current era.He explores the impact of technologicaladvances, geographic mobility, and the decline in national sovereignty onphotography today.Demos theorizes that photography, through its growingdiversity, illustrates the many ways that we are different, helps us tounderstand those differences, and connects us to a global world.The 121 artists selected represent over 30 countries including, Morocco,Russia, South Africa, Israel, South Korea, Greece, Mexico, Palestine, andthe United States. There is an ocean of talent: established artists, recentcrossovers to the medium, and artists who are just making their mark on theart scene.Some highlights from the book include:*The work of established artists Tacita Dean and Anri Sala and themore emerging, Miriam B+ckstr+m and Markus Schinwald, display theinfluence of a trained camera-eye.These artists have made a foray intophotography that is built upon the elements of video: storytelling,framing, and the importance of place and time. Schinwald, who''s artisticstudies began in fashion design, explores strategies of theatrical gesturewith a polished cinematic style *The performance artist, Tim Lee, uses the medium to stage complexrelationships between iconic artworks, canonical moments of popular cultureand issues of racial identity.His image, The Jerk, Carl Reiner, 1979(2004), illustrates a duality in meaning, one with complex culturalundertones as well as full frontal absurdity.*The Russian collaborate AES+F, the Israeli artist Emily Jacir and theemerging artists Ahlam Shibli and An-My L+ create works inspired by thepolitics of their respective cultures, as they exist in today''s society. Le, a political refugee from Vietnam, became involved in a Vietnam Warre-enactor group in South Carolina in which she participated and tookphotographs of Vietnam battles restaged on her newly adopted American soil. Under the guise of photojournalism

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