Art Photography

Art Photography
Library Shelf Location 27.BATE
Publication Date 2015


  • Colls.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • The idea of photography -- The pictorial turn -- The art of the document -- Conceptualism and art photography -- Archives, networks and narratives -- Geography as inhabited space.


  • The last few decades have seen a huge growth in interest in photography, with art photography now recognised as central to the development of modern and contemporary art. In this accessibly written survey, David Bate introduces the major themes from the earliest days of photography in the 1830s to the present day, examining the many ways in which photography and art have intersected since the birth of the medium. Introducing art photography through a series of frames – from pictorialism and documentary to archives, narratives and the conceptual uses of photography – he shows how vibrant, diverse and global art photography has become. Featuring works from a wide and international group of artists, including Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Lee Miller, Brassai, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Ed Ruscha and Gillian Wearing, Art Photography uncovers the Anglo-American and European contexts as well as those of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This is the essential introductory guide from one of the leadingwriters in the field – for students, gallery-goers and all those with an interest in photography and its place within contemporary culture.--Tate publishing.
  • The last decade has seen a huge growth in interest in photography and its role in contemporary art. This relatively recent art form is now recognised as central to modern art exhibition and practice. In this book David Bate introduces the key themes through selected visual examples and references to contemporary debates and issues, while also providing a historical overview. Featuring works from a wide and international selection of artists, the book includes conceptual and post-conceptual work, documentary photography, archives and social networks, and performance. It focuses on the increasingly global nature of the field, not just the Anglo-American/European context, but also the important emerging regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This is an essential introductory guide to thinking about photography in its relation to contemporary art from a leading writer in the field.


  • David Bate is Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster, and a practising photo-artist. He is author of Photography: The Key Concepts (2009) and Photography and Surrealism (2004).


ISBN 9781849762243
Quantity 1
Pages 156 pages: ill. (black and white, and colour); 27 cm.
Author David Bate
Format Softcover
Publisher Tate Publishing
Category Photography
Language English

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