"Through compiling the work of more than 120 photographers and image-makers, this new compendium published by Aperture Foundation (due out April) aims to document the medium’s output since the millennium. Five-hundred plus pages of relevant theory, compelling images and insightful biographical information gel to give the reader a thorough progress report on emerging trends and the current affairs of a handful of photography’s persistent sages, including Richard Billingham, Takashi Homma and Luc Delahaye.

Walking a deliberate aesthetic line, the editors and artists employ, in equal parts, striking and grotesque images in the service of exhibiting the modern day joie (or bummer) de vivre. Some of the most notable contributions to the collection are made by Sonja Braas and Beate Gütschow–both German–who cull their inspiration from their natural surroundings. Braas’ mastery of diffused lighting allows her naturalistic photographs to assume life of their own, creating something feral and restrained. The demure aesthetic components come into conflict with the unforgiving natural world they’re meant to portray and foretelling nature’s capacity for quiet devastation. Gütschow’s composition, admittedly modeled on that of classic landscapes, provides for an intricate spatial perfection uncommon in landscape photography.

In entertaining the full gamut of modes and aesthetics–monochrome and Technicolor, stark and frenetic, pure and lurid–Photo Art manages to provide exactly what it promises: a truly exhaustive study on the heady and decidedly contemporary work being ideated by this era’s highest echelon of photographers."

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