National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

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'The most ambitious stock-taking of our world since Edward Steichen's Family of Man in the 1950s' - World of Interiors

We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed - or so it seems to the collective psyche. Every day and every hour, human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. While we frequently lapse into celebrating the individual at the expense of the group, in science and art, at work and at play, at home and in transit, we increasingly live the collective life.

Civilization, the exhibition catalogue for a show at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea and National Gallery of Victoria shows how contemporary photography, notably art photography, is fascinated by, and attempts to decode and communicate, the way we live today. Civilization is presented through eight thematic chapters, each led by breathtaking imagery and accompanied by essays, quotes, commentaries and captions to provide a deeper understanding of its theme.

Visually epic and ambitiously popular in approach, it will reach out beyond the boundaries of the photography world to connect with audiences worldwide.

One of the Times Photography Books of the Year 2018

Details
  • Authors:  William Ewing and Holly Roussell
  • Hardcover: 352 pages | 485 illustrations
  • Date published: October 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500021705
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 24.5 cm
Reviews

'Part a Who s Who handbook for the photographically astute, part documentary of everything ... The 352 pages zing with 500 photographs, many previously unpublished, from 140 leading photographers. A global family photo album, a memory book of personal stories that patchwork to form a rounded impression of humanity'  - Wallpaper.com

'What makes the project so fascinating and what gives it its depth and breadth is the multiplicity of international voices, approaches, perspectives and motivations that feature' - Port

'An admirable and ambitious undertaking ... a compelling collection of photographs' - Geographical Magazine

'The most ambitious stock-taking of our world since Edward Steichen's Family of Man in the 1950s' - World of Interiors

'Through the work of top photographers, split into themed chapters (hive, flow, control), the editors have created a fascinating, amusing, disturbing picture of the world we have created' - The Times, Photography Books of the Year 2018

'A comprehensive menu of all that is outstanding in contemporary photography … Recommended' - State Magazine

'Thought-provoking and insightful… The pages are peppered with quotes from the photographers - a great example of words and pictures complementing each other … a complex, absorbing and superbly curated book that is well worth reading' - Amateur Photographer


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