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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of artists central to Contemporary Photography.

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Contemporary Photographers: 11 of 409 Total Artists
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American Collagist, Painter and Photographer

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, The Pictures Generation

Born: June 17, 1931 - National City, California

John Baldessari, born in 1931, is an American conceptual artist. He often combines image and languages in his art. His early works were canvas paintings that were empty except for painted statements derived from contemporary art theory. His juxtaposition of image and text is reminiscent of Rene Magritte's surrealist paintings.

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American Photographer

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Born: September 12, 1953 - Washington, D.C., United States

Nancy "Nan" Goldin's themes of her early pictures are love, gender, domesticity, and sexuality - while she went on and continues to expose and represent many stereotypes.

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German Photographer

Movements and Styles: Dusseldorf school, Modern Photography

Born: January 15, 1955 - Leipzig, Germany

Gursky's massive and distanced surveys of public spaces, landscapes, and structures contributed to new picture taking in contrast to the Minimalism and Conceptualism of the 1970s.

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American Photographer, Painter, Sculptor, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, The Pictures Generation, Modern Photography, Appropriation Art, Feminist Art, Institutional Critique

Born: April 17, 1947 - Hazelton, Pennsylvania

Levine is an American photographer, appropriation artist, and seminal figure of The Pictures Generation group. The subject of much controversy in the 1980s, Levine is best known for her rephotographs of work by Edward Weston, Vincent van Gogh, and Marcel Duchamp.

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American Photographer

Movement: Documentary Photography

Born: 1961 - Sandusky, Ohio

Catherine Opie's powerful and confrontational photographs investigat aspects of community, making portraits of many groups, including the LGBT community.

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American Photographer and Conceptual Artist

Movement: Conceptual Art

Born: August 15, 1950 - New York, New York

Andres Serrano is an American photographer and conceptual artist who has become notorious for his photos of corpses, as well as his controversial work Piss Christ, a red-tinged photograph of a crucifix submerged in a glass container of what was purported to be the artist's own urine.

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American Photographer

Movements and Styles: The Pictures Generation, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Postmodernism

Born: January 19, 1954 - Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. Sherman has raised challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.

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American Photographer

Movements and Styles: Straight Photography, Documentary Photography

Born: October 8, 1947 - New York City

Stephen Shore's photography went beyond the monumental and newsworthy and toward explorations of everyday life, recognizing the overlooked details.

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Canadian Photographer

Movement: Photo Conceptualism

Born: September 29, 1946 - Vancouver, Canada

Wall is a contemporary Canadian photographer whose large-scale, backlit photographs simultaneously showcase and challenges some of the most dominant assumptions about art and art-making.

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American Multimedia Artist

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Born: September 14, 1954 - Red Bank, NJ

Died: July 22, 1992 - New York City, NY

Wojnarowicz was a multimedia artist in the truest sense of the word, using his art to raise awareness for and to fight against the political, social, and legal injustices that occurred in response to the AIDS epidemic.

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American Painter, Photographer, and Sculptor

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Born: 1955 - Boston, MA

Christopher Wool is a New York-based painter and conceptual artist who sometimes employs controlled drips and abstract forms that are designed to confront viewers and question artistic approaches.

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Abstract Artists
Abstract Artists
Artists that specialized in abstraction.
African-American Artists
African-American Artists
Artists of African-American background.
Music and Sound Artists
Music and Sound Artists
Artists that were inspired by or tried to recreate aspects of music, or somehow worked with sound.
Erotic Artists
Erotic Artists
Artists whose depictions had a significant erotic component.
Satirical Artists
Satirical Artists
Artists that used humor, satire, wit, exaggeration, and ridicule in a significant part of their work.
Jewish Artists
Jewish Artists
Artists central to Jewish Art or made art that is connected to Jewish experience.
Landscape Painters
Landscape Painters
Artists that painted various types of landscapes. Dont miss our pages on landscape movements such Luminism, Tonalism, Hudson River School, The Barbizon School, Peredvizhniki, Naturalism, and Impressionism.
LGBT Artists
LGBT Artists
Artist that identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, or otherwise associated with LGBT topics.
Modern Architects
Modern Architects
Artists central to Modern Architecture. Dont miss our pages on architecture such as Early Renaissance, Arts and Crafts Movement, The Vienna Secession, and Wiener Werkstatte, and the International Style.
Modern Designers
Modern Designers
Artists that influenced the various types of design we see today. From posters, to theater, to furniture and topography. Dont miss our pages that have a major design component including Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte, Art Deco, The Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Neo-Plasticism.
Modern Sculptors
Modern Sculptors
Artists central to Modern Sculpture.
Political Artists
Political Artists
Artists whose work was particularly political in nature and aspiration.
Portrait Artists
Portrait Artists
Artists that practiced portraiture.
Religious Artists
Religious Artists
Artists that have particularly deep religious, spiritual, and ideological basis for a significant part of their work.
Self-Portrait Artists
Self-Portrait Artists
Artists that practiced self-portraiture.
Proto-Feminist Artists
Proto-Feminist Artists
Artists that inspired the Feminist Art movement of the 1960s.