PHOTOGRAPHY AS CONTEMPORARY ART “

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The book “Photography as Contemporary Art” is arranged both as a description of the historical change of styles, and as an extended set of answers to questions that are clear to everyone. How do you know that the photograph you are holding in your hands is a piece of art? Do I need to pay attention to whether there is a plot in it? What if it shows the same set of everyday objects that surround everyone? What if it feels like you’re just looking at someone else’s family history? How do you evaluate documentary photography? The author of the book, curator Charlotte Cotton, devotes a large chapter to each of these questions. The Blueprint has chosen the most striking quotes that hardly give an idea of ​​the entire book – but to some extent summarize what is happening on its pages.

“Contemporary art photography is not so much the use of an already existing, trouble-free visual technology, but a conscious choice at every stage of this process. This is due to the increased attention to the materiality and objectivity of this art form – in fact, this approach dates back to the birth of photography in the 19th century. “

“In an era when we have the ability to receive, download and distribute, as well as tag, scroll and edit photographic images, we have mastered the language of photography much better and more professionally than before, we understand more clearly that photography is not a tool. to create impartial, unambiguous images enclosed in a frame of real-time moments ”.

As part of the publishing program of the Garage Museum and Ad Marginem, a book was published in 2019, which can be viewed as, on the one hand, a detailed textbook on contemporary photography, and on the other, a set of tips that will help you evaluate what kind of picture you have in front of you: the subject art or just a random frame.

The book “Photography as Contemporary Art” is arranged both as a description of the historical change of styles, and as an extended set of answers to questions that are clear to everyone. How do you know that the photograph you are holding in your hands is a piece of art? Do I need to pay attention to whether there is a plot in it? What if it shows the same set of everyday objects that surround everyone? What if it feels like you’re just looking at someone else’s family history? How do you evaluate documentary photography? The author of the book, curator Charlotte Cotton, devotes a large chapter to each of these questions. The Blueprint has chosen the most striking quotes that hardly give an idea of ​​the entire book – but to some extent summarize what is happening on its pages.

“Contemporary art photography is not so much the use of an already existing, trouble-free visual technology, but a conscious choice at every stage of this process. This is due to the increased attention to the materiality and objectivity of this art form – in fact, this approach dates back to the birth of photography in the 19th century. “

“In an era when we have the ability to receive, download and distribute, as well as tag, scroll and edit photographic images, we have mastered the language of photography much better and more professionally than before, we understand more clearly that photography is not a tool. to create impartial, unambiguous images enclosed in a frame of real-time moments ”.

“Conceptual art was not called upon to admire a photographer’s virtuoso work or to appoint individual photographers as ‘masters’; on the contrary, it did not attach much importance to craftsmanship and authorship. It used the indisputable everyday ability of photography to display: this art took on a distinct form of ‘non-art’, ‘non-skill’ and ‘lack of authorship’ and was based on the fact that only the action depicted in the photograph has artistic significance. “

“Since at least the mid-1970s, the concept of photography has emerged in photography theory that photography can be viewed as a process of creating signs and cultural codes.  The photographs were interpreted not as a manifestation of the photographer’s originality (or lack thereof) or as the embodiment of the author’s intention, but as signs that acquire meaning or value only due to their position within a wider system of social and cultural coding. “

“Since the mid-1980s, the number of artistic photographic prints has increased, which not only placed photography on a par with painting and installations, but also introduced it to a growing number of new art centers and art galleries.”

As part of the publishing program of the Garage Museum and Ad Marginem, a book was published in 2019, which can be viewed as, on the one hand, a detailed textbook on contemporary photography, and on the other, a set of tips that will help you evaluate what kind of picture you have in front of you: the subject art or just a random frame.

The book “Photography as Contemporary Art” is arranged both as a description of the historical change of styles, and as an extended set of answers to questions that are clear to everyone. How do you know that the photograph you are holding in your hands is a piece of art? Do I need to pay attention to whether there is a plot in it? What if it shows the same set of everyday objects that surround everyone? What if it feels like you’re just looking at someone else’s family history? How do you evaluate documentary photography? The author of the book, curator Charlotte Cotton, devotes a large chapter to each of these questions. The Blueprint has chosen the most striking quotes that hardly give an idea of ​​the entire book – but to some extent summarize what is happening on its pages.

“Contemporary art photography is not so much the use of an already existing, trouble-free visual technology, but a conscious choice at every stage of this process. This is due to the increased attention to the materiality and objectivity of this art form – in fact, this approach dates back to the birth of photography in the 19th century. “

 

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