Photographer, critic, art historian and CalArts alumna Lucy Soutter (Art MFA 93) has released the book, Why Art Photography?, via London-based Routledge Press early this year. The publication is an introduction to art photography and the ideas behind the genre, exploring key issues such as ambiguity, objectivity, staging, authenticity, the digital and photography’s expanded field. Besides contemporary work, the book also traces concepts and visuals to their sources throughout art history.
Soutter, who currently tutors at the Department of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art in London, has spent more than two decades exploring contemporary art and photography through dozens of critical and academic writings, including essays in Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2011), Appropriation (Whitechapel Gallery, 2009) and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary Photography (Scala, 2008).
Find more information about the book here.