Author(s): Mark Durden
This major new survey of contemporary photography considers the work of 80 - 100 photographers through eleven thematic chapters on subjects such as street photography, portraiture, landscape photography and documentary.
It traces the development of photography as an art form in each of these genres individually and also looks at the ties and links between them. What is revealed is a complex story with numerous tangents.
Mark Durden's narrative, combined with rich illustrative content and an easily accessible design, guides a clear path through this story, showcasing the work of great individual photographers while also being able to place this into the larger narrative of the medium's development.
"Deft cross referencing, only possible by a deep knowledge of the subject, is typical of the book as a whole. . .Durden employs a poetic approach to writing often, which gives the book a lightness, preventing it from becoming turgid, dull, or unnecessarily academic." - "British Journal of Photography"
Mark Durden is a writer, artist and lecturer. He has written extensively on photography and contemporary art. Publications include Dorothea Lange (2001, 2012), Fifty Key Writers on Photography (2012), with David Campbell, Variable Capital (2007) and with Ken Grant, Double Take: Portraits from the Keith Medley Archive (2013). He is part of the artists' group Common Culture and currently Professor of Photography at the University of South Wales, UK.