Photography to the Test of Abstraction
La photographie à l'épreuve de l'abstraction
Nathalie Giraudeau, Véronique Souben
Frac Normandie Rouen & Hatje Cantz, 2020
Photography has been called “nature’s pen,” for it is incomparable in its ability to capture and keep images of the world on paper. It therefore makes sense to associate this medium mainly with figural images. Three museums would like to clear up this misunderstanding in this book. At its center is today’s multifaceted, imaginative abstract photography, which fluctuates between analog and digital images. This publication compiles non-figurative works of photography to create a comprehensive, fundamental survey. Here, famous fine art photographers such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff and Catherine Opie meet exciting, newly discovered photographers. Supplementing the book’s inventive visual worlds are interviews with the artists and explanatory texts by renowned critics.
THE ARTISTS: Xavier Antin, Walead Beshty, Juliana Borinski, Stan Douglas, Paul Graham, Barbara Kasten, Anaïs Leu, Catherine Opie, Eileen Quinlan, Thomas Ruff, Laure Tiberghien, Wolfgang Tillmans, James Welling, et al.