Autophoto - the exhibition catalogue from Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain available to buy at Museum Bookstore


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'What may be the most ambitious exhibit of car-focused photography ever ... flat-out beautiful images' - Popular Mechanics

An exploration of photography’s longstanding relationship with the car

This exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at the Fondation Cartier charts the camera's romance with the car.  The book brings together 500 works made by 100 historical and contemporary artists from around the world, including Robert Adams, Brassaï, Edward Burtynsky, Langdon Clay, John Divola, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Anthony Hernandez, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, Daido Moriyama, Catherine Opie, Martin Parr, Rosângela Rennó, Ed Ruscha, Hans-Christian Schink, Malick Sidibé, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel.

Capturing formal qualities such as the geometric design of roadways or reflections in a rear view mirror, these photographers invite us to look at the world of the automobile in a new way. Autophoto also includes other projects, such as a series of car models that cast a fresh eye on the history of automobile design, created specifically for the Fondation Cartier show by French artist Alain Bublex, plus a comparative history of car design and photography, essays by scholars and quotes by participating artists.

  • Author: Nancy W. Barr is Curator of Photography Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Date published: July 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-2869251311
  • Product Dimensions:  26.8 x 22.5 cm

'What may be the most ambitious exhibit of car-focused photography ever ... flat-out beautiful images' - Popular Mechanics 

'The stunning car photographs that capture the 20th century.... not only tells the shifting story of society's attitudes towards motorcars, but also provides an overview of important developments within the century's photography itself' - Financial Times

'Works range from an Eve Arnold's iconic 1961 images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits... to the work of photographers who have made the subject matter their own, like William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, and Robert Frank. [T]he diversity of images included is a testament to the ingenuity of photography and the various permutations that it can achieve.... many subtle threads that can be picked up on, giving plenty to satisfy the curious and knowledgeable.... One of these threads is changing the collective cultural memory of the car' - Artnet

'This new presentation revisits photography's relationship to the automobile; how the car provided photographers with a new subject, a new point of view and new way of exploring the world... how the automobile has reshaped our landscape, extended our geographic horizons and altered our, and notably artists', concept of space and time' - Aesthetica Magazine

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