The first major survey of photography’s place in recent art history.
Avant-Garde Note: This is the same book issued by the publisher five years ago in a hard cover. The following is my review from that time.Notwithstanding the promise of its title, “Art in Photography” is simply a survey of avant-garde photography of the last half of the twentieth century.The book is divided into three parts: an essay by Campany, photographs and other works, and documents consisting of excerpts of articles, interviews and statements. The essay is divided into sections with titles like “The Urban and the Everyday” with similar sections of the photographs and documents. Each essay section makes a few general comments about the new in photography and then discusses in a sentence or two the particular photographers whose works appear among the photographs.The essay’s principal thesis is that while other plastic arts moved away from content toward form in modern times, photography has generally moved away from form to content. At the same time, the…
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