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The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image in Contemporary Photography

ISBN 9781138125025
Published October 1, 2018 by Routledge
318 Pages

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Book Description

This compendium examines the choices, construction, inclusions and exemptions, and expanded practices involved in the process of creating a photograph. Focusing on work created in the past twenty-five years, this volume is divided into sections that address a separate means of creating photographs as careful constructs: Directing Spaces, Constructing Places, Performing Space, Building Images, and Camera-less Images. Introduced by both a curator and a scholar, each section features contemporary artists in conversation with curators, critics, gallerists, artists, and art historians. The writings include narratives by the artist, writings on their work, and examinations of studio practices. This pioneering book is the first of its kind to explore this topic beyond those artists building sets to photograph.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The State of Photography, The Status

of Photographs

  1. Building Images, Building Spaces

  2. Madeline Yale Preston

    Single Artist Spotlights

    Jason DeMarte

    Letha Wilson

    Mark Dorf

    Eva Stenram

    Anthony Goicolea


    Adam Magyar

    Darren Harvey-Regan

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Ruth Van Beek

  3. Constructing Places

  4. Stacy J. Platt

    Single Artist Spotlights

    Shirana Shahbazi

    Susana Reisman

    Liliana Porter


    Wang Ningde

    Susan kae Grant

  5. Sensations of Place: Artist Altered Environments

  6. Liz Wells

    Single Artist Spotlights

    Adam Ekberg

    Noémie Goudal

    Matt Siber


    Laurent Millet

    Thomas Jackson

  7. Schematic Traces: Systems of Making

  8. Kate Palmer Albers

    Single Artist Spotlights

    Natalie Czech

    Shizuka Yokomizo

    Pato Hebert


    Penelope Umbrico

    Mishka Henner

  9. Camera-Less: Photographic Fidelity (and Infidelity)

  10. Katherine Ware

    Single Artist Spotlights

    Farrah Karapetian

    Shimpei Takeda

    Brittany Nelson


    Aspen Mays

    Liz Deschenes

  11. Performing for the Camera: Postmodernism,

         Antimodernism, and the Performative Photograph

        William J. Simmons

        Single Artist Spotlights

        Renée Cox

       Ou Zhihang

       Stacey Tyrell


       Lily McElroy


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Marni Shindelman’s work investigates proximity and touch in digital culture. She is half the collaborative team of Larson & Shindelman. Their ongoing project, Geolocation, uses publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. She is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art. Prior to that she taught for ten years at the University of Rochester. Her work has been in exhibitions at Crystal Bridges Museum, solo exhibitions Blue Sky in Portland, United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas. Selections have been shown in group shows at the Light Factory in Charlotte, the FotoFestiwal in Poland, the Houston Center for Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Moscow International Biennale in Russia, and Conflux Festival in NYC. Shindelman’s projects have been featured in Wired Magazine, GUP Magazine, The Picture Show from NPR, The Dish, PetaPixel, Fast Company, Gizmodo, Hyperallergic, the New York Times, Hostshoe Magazine, the Washington Post, Utne Reader, Flavorwire, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, the BBC News Viewfinder, and on the radio program Marketplace Tech Report.

Anne Leighton Massoni is the Program Director of Photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching at UArts she held positions at Marshall University, Cornell University, Tyler School of Art, Washington College, Memphis College of Art, and Monmouth University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the H. F. Johnson Museum in New York, The Print Center in Philadelphia, The Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, NIH in Washington, DC, the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City, Newspace Gallery in Portland, Rayko in San Francisco, the East End Film Festival in London, England, the 2013 International Mobile Innovation Screening in New Zealand and Australia, and IlCantinonearte Teatri e Galleria del Grifo in Montepulciano, Italy. Recent publications of her work include ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art and SpostaMenti, published by MuseumsEtc in England. She serves as the Vice Chair of the National Board of the Society for Photographic Education.