Why Photography?

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Skira Editore
Published in 2020
ISBN: 978-88-572-4266-8
18,5 x 24,5 cm
284 pages, 179 plates

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Edited by Bjarne Bare, Behzad Farazollahi, Christian Tunge, 
co-edited by Susanne Østby Sæther from Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.
Introductory essays by Susanne Østby Sæther and Brian Sholis.

Photography is about perspective, challenging the images we take for granted as effective mediators and representations of our sensory experiences and memories. In today’s digital infosphere, where communication through photographs is about to supersede the written language, it is more important than ever to be reminded of the limitations and complex abstract qualities that make up the nature of photography as a language for all. The lingua franca of our century.

In this volume the editors have directed bold questions to 30 contemporary photographers, all ending with:
Why Photography?

With works and words by Morten Andenæs (NO), Viktoria Binschtok (DE), Lucas Blalock (USA), Lucile Boiron (FR), Asger Carlsen (DK), Louisa Clement (DE), Sara Cwynar (CA), Ingrid Eggen (NO), Roe Ethridge (USA), Victoria Fu and Matt Rich (USA), Espen Gleditsch (NO), Andrea Grützner (DE), Annette Kelm (DE), Nico Krijno (ZA), Owen Kydd (CA), B. Ingrid Olson (USA), Linn Pedersen (NO), Erin M. Riley (USA), Maya Rochat (CH), Johan Rosenmunthe (DK), Torbjørn Rødland (NO), Viviane Sassen (NL), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (USA), Timur Si-Qin (GE), Wolfgang Tillmans (DE), Sara VanDerBeek (USA), Hannah Whitaker (USA), Carmen Winant (USA), Letha Wilson (USA) og Daisuke Yokota (JP).

A culmination of editing by Bjarne Bare, Behzad Farazollahi and Christian Tunge since the previous title from 2015 titled New Scandinavian Photography, the book includes new work and words from 30 internationally acclaimed contemporary photographers with interviews conducted by the editors.

Published spring 2020 by Skira editore in Milan. The publishing of the title also marks MELK’s 10 year anniversary.

Why Photography? is an academic reader to be published on the occasion of the first edition of The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography titled New Visions, held at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter from February through May 2020, which is co-curated by MELK.

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Distributed in USA, Canada, Central & South America by ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
Distributed elsewhere in the world by Thames and Hudson Ltd.,

The book is supported by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, the Arts Council Norway, Fritt Ord and Norsk Fotografisk Fond.