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Donatien Grau (ed.), Christoph Wiesner (ed.): After the Crisis

Donatien Grau (ed.), Christoph Wiesner (ed.)

After the Crisis
Contemporary States of Photography

Softcover, 256 pages

PDF, 256 pages

After the Crisis offers a platform for discussions between some of today’s leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today. Contributors come from the realms of critical theory, fiction,  performance art, fashion photography, and museums, as well as film and design, and their conversations bring together history and the contemporary. Comparing the current situation of photographic images with the crisis experienced by representation at the time of the birth of photography, they set our relationship with photographic images in the digital era in perspective. Through these discussions, we come to sense the existential burden of being surrounded by images, while also beginning to grasp the historical depth of a questioning of images that started long before the current generation and engages with crucial political and cultural issues of our time. 


With contributions by Philippe Artières, Osei Bonsu, Emma Bowkett, Elisabeth Bronfen, Emanuele Coccia, ­Russell ­Ferguson, ­Dominique de Font-­Réaulx, Marc Fumaroli, Leigh Ledare, Kieran Long, Roxana Marcoci, Renzo ­Martens, Paul ­McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Pascale Montandon-­Jodorowsky, ­ORLAN, Alice Rawsthorn, Jeff Rosenheim, ­Elisa Schaar, ­Bruno Serralongue, Devika Singh, Abdellah Taïa, ­Oliviero ­Toscani, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh ­Matadin, Wim Wenders, Richard Wentworth.

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    Donatien Grau, Christoph Wiesner

  • 11–44

    Painting and Photography. Impossible Reconciliation

    Russell Ferguson, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, ...

  • 45–78

    Photography and Politics. Images through the World

    Osei Bonsu, Donatien Grau, ...

  • 79–110

    Photography and the Artistic Event. Uniqueness Recreated

    Philippe Artières, Donatien Grau, ...

  • 111–148

    Photography and the Proliferation of Images. The One and the Many

    Emma Bowkett, Donatien Grau, ...

  • 149–178

    Photography and Things. Touching Images

    Emanuele Coccia, Donatien Grau, ...

  • 179–222

    Photography and Fiction. Our unreal stories

    Elisabeth Bronfen, Donatien Grau, ...

  • 223–240

    The Mechanics of Photography

    Marc Fumaroli, Donatien Grau

  • 241–252

    The Participants

  • contemporary art
  • conversation
  • photography

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Donatien Grau

is head of contemporary programs at musée d’Orsay, Paris. He is the author of various books. He realized the exhibition Pierre Guyotat, la matière de nos oeuvre in collaboration with the Azzedine Alaïa Gallery in April–June 2016. A book of conversations between him and Pierre Guyotat appeared in October 2016: Humains par Hasard.
Other texts by Donatien Grau for DIAPHANES

Christoph Wiesner

is artistic director of Paris Photo, the world leading photography fair.