Why Photography?

Skira Editore
Published in 2020
ISBN: 978-88-572-4266-8
18,5 x 24,5 cm
284 pages, 179 plates

Edited by Bjarne Bare, Behzad Farazollahi, Christian Tunge,
co-edited by Susanne Østby Sæther from Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.
Introductory essays by Susanne Østby Sæther and Brian Sholis.

Photography is about perspective, challenging the images we take for granted as effective mediators and representations of our sensory experiences and memories. In today’s digital infosphere, where communication through photographs is about to supersede the written language, it is more important than ever to be reminded of the limitations and complex abstract qualities that make up the nature of photography as a language for all. The lingua franca of our century.

Edited by Behzad Farazollahi, Bjarne Bare and Christian Tunge together with Susanne Østby Sæther, Why Photography? highlights and go into depth on the current generation of photographers and functions as a reference publication for the years to come.

They ask artists to state, with words and images, how they see and relate to photography as a technical apparatus, and why they have chosen photography as well as the potential future of the medium. Rather than being a classic scholarly publication, the goal is to release a visual manifesto that outlines many and varied viewpoints from every corner of the globe.

With works and words by Morten Andenæs (NO), Viktoria Binschtok (DE), Lucas Blalock (USA), Lucile Boiron (FR), Asger Carlsen (DK), Louisa Clement (DE), Sara Cwynar (CA), Ingrid Eggen (NO), Roe Ethridge (USA), Victoria Fu and Matt Rich (USA), Espen Gleditsch (NO), Andrea Grützner (DE), Annette Kelm (DE), Nico Krijno (ZA), Owen Kydd (CA), B. Ingrid Olson (USA), Linn Pedersen (NO), Erin M. Riley (USA), Maya Rochat (CH), Johan Rosenmunthe (DK), Torbjørn Rødland (NO), Viviane Sassen (NL), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (USA), Timur Si-Qin (GE), Wolfgang Tillmans (DE), Sara VanDerBeek (USA), Hannah Whitaker (USA), Carmen Winant (USA), Letha Wilson (USA) og Daisuke Yokota (JP).

The book was supported by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, the Arts Council Norway, Fritt Ord and Norsk Fotografisk Fond.

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