Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018

Edited by Walead Beshty

The exhibition 'Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018' is accompanied by a major anthology of historic and contemporary writings by over two hundred contributors. Co-published by Luma Foundation and JRP | Ringier, the volume provides a rigorous and expansive survey of the photographic medium from its inception in the mid-19th century to our current moment. Spanning approximately 900 pages, the anthology includes excerpts and reprints of seminal texts, facsimiles of historical publications, and a series of edited conversations with artists Stan Douglas, Hito Steyerl, Martha Rosler, Stephen Shore, and Wolfgang Tillmans. Contributors include (among others): Elizabeth Alexander, Ariella Azoulay, Tauba Auerbach, Ericka Beckman, Walter Benjamin, Alphonse Bertillon, Duchenne de Boulogne, Marta Braun, Sarah Charlesworth, Walker Evans, Harun Farocki, Vilém Flusser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Dan Graham, Morgan Fisher, Lyle Ashton Harris, John Heartfield, Arthur Jafa, László Moholy-Nagy, Marshall McLuhan, Edweard Muybridge, Gordon Parks, Jacob Riis, Wilhelm Röntgen, Martha Rosler, August Sander, Claude Shannon, Bernhard Siegert, Hito Steyerl, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Kelley Walker.

Published by CCS Bard, JRP | Ringier, and Luma Foundation