Photographers who use digital technologies as tools for creative expression are driving the most exciting and transformative developments in today's photography. Digital photographic and imaging technologies are the most recent development in an art and science whose history is one of constant technological innovation. Using sophisticated software and scanners, artists are able to enhance or alter photographs, and create mesmerizing effects. Focusing exclusively on digital photography, Sylvia Wolf explores a medium that challenges our notions of the role of the artist and of an image's relationship to the real. Taking readers from the earliest experiments in digital photography to the latest innovations, Wolf offers a historical perspective and points to future trends. The work of a global panoply of artists, including Ida Applebroog, Sheila Pree Bright, Peter Campus, Xing Danwen, Joan Fontcuberta, Tom Friedman, Andreas Gursky, Martina Lopez, Loretta Lux, Mary Mattingly, Wendy McMurdo, Andreas Maller-Pohle, Thomas Ruff, Lucas Samaras, and Jeff Wall, demonstrates how diverse and complex the field has become. This expert survey offers a riveting snapshot of a medium that is changing the way we look at pictures and the world.
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I received and read this book in the same day, today. This, succinct exploration of photography's trajectory begins by briefly examining the origins of the process, and the beginnings of the democratisation of the process and ending with how artists are taking the tools available and questioning photography's very foundations.
The book is amply illustrated, but I feel some more depth on each artist's work may have made it a good solid read. Still I guess that given the mediums rapid change it would be difficult to research and write a book that covers the current state of play in the art world. This would make a good foundation text for any beginners photography course or a generalist introduction to what digital photograph can be and mean in the 21st century.
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