What Is Contemporary Photography?

Does contemporary photography translate as current photographer?, but the word ”contemporary” can relate back to 1960’s when Modern Art and Pop Art culture hit the scenes and artists began to express themselves more openly and visually . Being a contemporary photographer does not necessary mean you just shoot your images digitally and digitally manipulate them. Being a contemporary photographer is simply defined as being creative in use of line, form and colour and this method is practised across the board in both Black & White and Colour film images.  People can get carried away with the word ”contemporary” and often define the word as ”current’! David Bailey was contemporary in the 1960’s Is he still contemporary now?,  basically its creating Images with depth, imagination and meaning regardless of the technique you choose to shoot your image.


One response to “What Is Contemporary Photography?

  1. I would suggest if I produced a portrait like one of David Bailey’s 1960s shots, my shot would not be contemporary.
    To my mind, contemporary must have have some element of originality, concept, idea. Although, I take many photographs, I would readily agree that few, if any, are ‘contemporary’, most are simply derivative.
    However, I think I would agree with a general thrust of an argument that says categorisation and pigeon-holing of photography is not always helpful, needed or constructive – but then we love to do that sort of thing.


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