Practicing Desires: Authorship in Contemporary Photographic Art

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    Questions of authorship in the production of contemporary photographic art are explored in this chapter. Beginning with a survey of theoretical positions underpinning debates about the artist photographer as author, the chapter is formed from discussions among a diverse range of contemporary artists; photographers and writers, re-introducing previously absent perspectives from the debates. The discussions reveal authorship as an increasingly complex feature of photography as an artistic medium and emergent technology. In conclusion, it is argued that authorship in contemporary photographic art is most usefully considered beyond theoretical debates alone and through different perspectives involved in creative practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Companion to Photography
    EditorsStephen Bull
    Place of PublicationChichester
    ISBN (Electronic)9781118598801
    ISBN (Print)9781405195843
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

    Bibliographical note

    The study of photography has never been more important. A look at today's digital world reveals that a greater number of photographs are being taken each day than at any other moment in history. Countless photographs are disseminated instantly online and more and more photographic images are earning prominent positions—and garnering record prices—in the rarefied realm of top art galleries. Reflecting this dramatic increase in all things photographic, A Companion to Photography presents a comprehensive collection of original essays that explore a variety of key areas of current debate around the state of photography in the twenty-first century. Essays are grouped and organized in themed sections—including photographic interpretation, markets, popular photography, documents, and fine art—and provide comprehensive coverage of the subject. Representing a diversity of approaches, essays are written by both established and emerging photographers and scholars, as well as various experts in their respective areas. A Companion to Photography offers scholars and professional photographers alike an essential and up-to-date resource that brings the study of contemporary photography into clear focus.


    • Contemporary Art
    • Authorship
    • Photography
    • Roland Barthes
    • Michel Foucault
    • Abigail Solomon-Godeau
    • Joanna Lowry
    • Stephen Bull
    • Martin Parr
    • Erik Kessels
    • Joachim Schmid
    • Anna Fox
    • Neeta Madahar
    • Daniel Campbell-Blight
    • Tom Hunter
    • Richard West
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Europe
    • France
    • Germany
    • The Netherlands
    • 1980s
    • 1990s
    • 2000s
    • 2010s


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