Photography

Richard Prince, Upstate, 1995-99
Richard Prince

Richard Prince is one of the most influential American photographers of his time, having come of age during the 1970s and the heyday of appropriation. While the artist also creates paintings, sculpture, and installation, his photography has made the most lasting contribution to contemporary art...

Trevor Paglen, Untitled (Reaper Drone), 2012
Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen’s artwork draws on his long-time interest in investigative journalism and the social sciences, as well as his training as a geographer. His work seeks to show the hidden aesthetics of American surveillance and military systems, touching on espionage, the digital circulation...

Nicholas Nixon's "People With AIDS"
Nicholas Nixon

Nicholas Nixon is a photographer known for his work in portraiture and documentary, his use of the 8-by-10-inch view camera, and his engagement with duration. In numerous series, Nixon gets to know his subjects while photographing them, making the role of time inherent to the medium of...

Yasumasa Morimura, Brothers (A Late Autumn Prayer), 1991
Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura examines painting, the history of art, and history painting through the newest imaging and photographic technology. By also inserting himself into all of his images, Morimura creates an extended meditation on the complicated nature of identity, showing how the myth of the...

LaToya Ruby Frazier, "Momme," 2008
LaToya Ruby Frazier

By blurring the line between documentary photography and portraiture, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photographs and videos address issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of individual identity and agency. Over the course of the last decade, Frazier’s practice has manifested as an...

Willie Doherty, Suspicious Vehicle, 1995
Willie Doherty

Willie Doherty has been a pioneer in contemporary photography since the 1980s. Born in Northern Ireland, the traumatic history of the region has been a major focus of his work. Doherty’s photographs explore postconflict settings that suggest a troubled past, addressing issues of collective...

Willie Doherty, Factory III, 1994
Willie Doherty

Since the early 1980s Willie Doherty has made photographs and video installations that meditate on the political Troubles in Northern Ireland. Having witnessed the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre of unarmed nationalist civilians by British paratroopers, he began taking black-and-white photographs of...

Tacita Dean, "The Russian Ending," 2001
Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean’s explorations of the relationship between analogue media and the vicissitudes of time, history, and our natural world have made her one of the most influential artists of her generation. Film, photography, and drawing form the foundation of her practice, and in each instance...

Sophie Calle, "The Doctor’s Daughter (La fille du docteur)," 1991
Sophie Calle

Since the late 1970s, Sophie Calle has made work that explores the sphere of human relationships. Most closely associated with conceptual art, Calle employs provocative methods and a wide range of media, including books, photography, video, film, and performance, to investigate subjects such as...

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