The Photograph as Contemporary Art

Charlotte Cotton


In the twenty-first century, photography has come of age as a contemporary art form. Almost two centuries after photographic technology was first invented, the art world has fully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture. The Photograph as Contemporary Art introduces the extraordinary range of contemporary art photography, from portraits of intimate life to highly staged directorial spectacles.

Arranged thematically, the book reproduces work from a vast span of photographers, including Andreas Gursky, Susan Meiselas, Nan Goldin, Rashid Johnson, Cindy Sherman, Deana Lawson, Elle Peérez, Lieko Shiga, and Zanele Muholi. This fully revised and updated new edition revitalizes previous discussion of works from the 2000s through dialogue with more recent practice. Alongside previously featured work, Charlotte Cotton celebrates a new generation of artists who are shaping photography as a culturally significant medium for our current sociopolitical climate. A superb resource, The Photograph as Contemporary Art is a uniquely broad and diverse reflection of the eld.


Essential reading for anyone who wishes to make sense of contemporary art photography.

— Picture Professional


Charlotte Cotton


Charlotte Cotton is a writer and curator of photography. Her previous books include Fashion Image Revolution; Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self; Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; and Photography Is Magic.