Post-photography: The artist with a camera


This book is on the recommended reading list for the Digital Image and Culture course.  It is a very thick book, so it has taken me a while to get though, but I have absolutely loved reading it.

The book showcases the work of over 50 contemporary artists working with photography.  What ties these artists together, is that they do not simply take photographs, they make them.  They construct their own landscapes, reinvent old photographs, turn images into objects, and distort truth.  In the words of a recent Artists’ Books Cooperative’s (ABC) manifesto:

“Now, we’re a species of editors.  We all recycle, clip and cut, remix and upload.  We can make images do anything.  All we need is an eye, a brain, a camera, a phone, a laptop, a scanner, a point of view.” — cited in Shore, 2014

One of the things that was really nice about this book, is that it contains profiles on several of the artists mentioned within the course notes, for example, Mishka Henner, Joachim Schmid, Eva Stenram and Hisaji Hara.  It was great to get more details about these specific artists, as well as to find out about other artists working on similar projects.

Other artists that I found particularly interesting were Julia Borissova and Julie Cockburn, who inspired, at least in part, my method of working for the second course assignment (overlaying foreign materials on to old photographs).  Also, Chen Nong, who makes black and white prints of his staged scenes and then colours them by hand.  This is something that I would love to experiment with.

This book really has inspired me to experiment with my photography, and probably the most important message that I will take away from it, is that the photograph is only the beginning.

Shore, R. (2014) Post-Photography. The Artist with a Camera. Lawrence King Publishing Ltd.: London.