Seduced by Art Photography Past and Present Hope Kingsley, Christopher Riopelle

Publication date:
08 Jan 2013
National Gallery London
208 pages: 279 x 229mm
150 color illus.


Today's photography is part of our own cultural moment, but it also arises from artistic traditions of the past. Seduced by Art looks at the effects of art and its history on the creation of photographs, tracing continuities in aims, visual style, and technical experimentation.

This sumptuous book shows how photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron sought to elevate the status of their work by referencing Old Masters. Similarly, contemporary practitioners look to their photographic predecessors, as well as art history, for inspiration. Among the many photographers featured are Ori Gersht, Luc Delahaye, Thomas Struth, Tom Hunter, and Helen Chadwick, and paintings from Caravaggio, Delacroix, Ingres, Constable, and others.

Each chapter takes a genre - portraiture, the nude, still life, and landscape - and discusses the challenges that each poses for photographers. Interviews with Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Richard Billingham, Richard Learoyd and Maisie Broadhead focus in-depth on contemporary working practices.

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This book accompanies the exhibition "Seduced by Art", which is the first major exhibition of photography ever to be held at the National Gallery. Work by leading photographers such as Martin Parr, Craigie Horsfield, Sam Taylor-Wood, Richard Billingham, Julia Margaret Cameron and Gustave Le Gray will be on display beside key paintings from the National Gallery collection. 

Visit the exhibition site.

Hope Kingsley is curator for education and collections at the Wilson Centre for Photography. Christopher Riopelle is curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London.

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