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Contemporary Photography and Art with Charlotte Cotton on Vimeo on Demand

Curator and writer Charlotte Cotton looks at the contributions 21st century photography has made and continues to make to the field of contemporary art. She examines the subject through the lens of the research she is doing for the update of her influential textbook The Photograph as Contemporary Art, which was first published as part of Thames & Hudson’s historic ‘World of Art’ series in 2004. This masterclass gives participants a unique understanding of how photography has become a dynamic, multi-form art medium, and what has changed in our ideas about contemporary art photography over the past 15 years.

Charlotte Cotton is a curator, writer and creative consultant who has explored photographic culture for over 20 years. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her book, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, is published in 10 languages and has been a key text in charting the rise of photography as an art form in the 21st century. The fourth edition will be published in September 2020.

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Topics covered in class:


Zoe Leonard
Sophie Calle
Yinka Shonibare
Andreas Gursky
Catherine Opie
Larry Sultan
Gillian Wearing
Isa Genzken
Barbara Kasten

Chapter 1: If This is Art

Tatsumi Orimoto
Tony Albert
Nona Faustine
Talia Chetrit
Pixy Liao
Whitney Hubbs
Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Chapter 2: Once Upon a Time

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Wendy Red Star
Hank Willis Thomas
Cristina de Middel
Diana Markosian
Stefan Ruiz
Max Pinckers
Deana Lawson

Chapter 3: Deadpan

Celine van Barlen
Taryn Simon
Richard Misrath
Thomas Struth
Charlotte Dumas

Chapter 4: Something and Nothing

David Fischli and Peter Weiss
John Lehr
Jason Fulford
Leslie Hewitt
Nigel Shafran
Gregory Halpern

Chapter 5: Intimate Life

Nan Goldin
Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Ren Hang
Elle Perez
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Guanyu Xu

Chapter 6: Moments in History

Sophie Calle
Richard Mosse
Trevor Paglen
Chanarin & Broomberg
Jess T Dugan
Kristine Potter
Jim Goldberg
Patrick Waterhouse
Carolyn Drake
John Edmonds
Star Montana
Zanele Muholi

Chapter 7: Revived and Remade

Vik Muniz
Lotta Antonsson
Batia Suter
Lyle Aston Harris
Carmen Winant
Roe Ethridge
Torbjorn Rodland

Chapter 8: Revived and Remade

James Welling
Arthur Ou
Ellen Carey
Hannah Whitaker
Jessica Eaton
Liz Dechennes
Phil Chang
Mariah Robertson
Sara Cwynar
Myra Greene
Adam Fuss
Susan Derges
Matthew Brandt
Meghann Riepenhoff

Chapter 9: Photographicness

Barbara Kasten
Letha Wilson
Soo Kim
Anne de Vries
Takaaki Akaishi
Sheree Hovsepian
Kate Steciw
Rachel de Joode
Katia Novitskova
Yuki Kimura
Owen Kydd
Carter Mull
Andrey Bogush
Antoine Catala
Asha Schechter
Joiri Minaya
Brandon Lattu

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