Survey - David Campany: authoritative, 20,000 word essay by an expert in the field, explaining and contextualising the place of photography in late twentieth-century art. - Works - Eight sections, thematically arranged and chronologically ordered within each section, showing the most significant examples of the diverse ways artists have used and addressed photography - Documents - Comprehensive anthology of essential theoretical texts, original artists' statements and interviews. - Artists' Biographies, Authors' Biographies, Bibliography and Index
David Campany is Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Photography at Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, England. A writer and artist, he was co-founder of the organization Photoforum, which brings together theorists and practitioners working in the photographic arts. His published work includes essays in Rewriting Conceptual Art, ed. Jon Bird and Michael Newman (Reaktion, 1999); Postcards on Photography: Photorealism and the Reproduction (Cambridge Darkroom, 1998); and Photography, Philosophy, Technology (Photoforum, 2003). Author's Residence: London
This generously illustrated book presents 190 works by 160 significant international artists, most of whom live in the United States, England, or Germany. Campany (photography, Surrey Inst. of Art & Design) surveys the variety of spaces photography has occupied in art since the mid-1960s. He uses eight themes (e.g., "Memories and Archives," "Objective Objects," and "Traces of Traces") that depart from but complement those from the histories of art and photography. While he arranges his text in the format prescribed by the "Themes and Movements" series editors-with an introductory essay, key artworks, a documents section, artists' and authors' biographies, a bibliography, and an index-Campany does not cover the subject in a formulaic way. His compilation of excerpted texts by art critics, philosophers, professors, interviewers, photographers, and others nicely complements his essay and the featured works. Well documented (though with a few editorial oversights), Campany's noteworthy if not seminal contribution to the history of photography reads like a well-designed museum exhibition catalog. Recommended for most large public and undergraduate academic library collections encompassing photography and the visual arts.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
'Presented thematically, with succinct texts that are both readable and informative, the book meets both academic and general needs, without ever compromising the images in display.' Pictured, July 2003, UK 'Imagine the best group show of photographers you've ever seen. Now imagine it's a book. Campany skillfully curates the leading lights of post-1960 into a thematically arranged form with tempting essays by Barthes and Baudrillard into the bargain. It's timely survey that aspires to be the document of record for the most exciting, universal and accessible art form we've got.' i-D, July 2003 UK 'PHOTO STORY Art & Photography, edited by David Campany (Phaidon, GBP45), charts the acceptance of photography as an art form. Originally considered a mechanical process, photography is now one of the most widely practised arts. Exploring developments from the Sixties to the present day, this beautiful book covers every major school, style and name, and includes work by the likes of Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky and Gillian Wearing. The perfect family album.' Vogue, UK, August 2003