Contemporary Photography

Contemporary Photography

Contemporary photography captures or mirrors a perspective on our present-day world, so it can sometimes be defined as an image taken in our lifetime.

Contemporary photography, from the 1970s onwards, encompasses a broad range of styles and techniques. It has evolved significantly due to new technologies like colour photography, digital editing, and large-scale printing. Modern photographers use these advancements to offer fresh takes on traditional subjects.

For instance, the New Topographics movement showcased straightforward, expansive views of nature. More recently, photographers like Alec Soth and Taryn Simon have focused on portraying individuals from the edges of society. There's also a trend of blurring the line between documentary and fiction, as seen in the carefully staged images by photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, and Gregory Crewdson.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.