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The Modernism Post

February 15, 2009

Modernism lives through the eyes of Rene Burri, the Swiss artist, and Magnum member, mostly known for his photojournalism.  There is a new edition of his 2003 monograph which argues for his place in the 20th Century pantheon of great modernist photography. Burri’s urban rituals and factory dreams from the 1950s and 60s echo the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz and other celebrated European modernists.

reni-burriRene Burri

For the love of photography I also have to give post modernism its due through a new book of an outrageous mix of works by Richard Prince.

richardprinceThis is a self-conscious, tongue-in-cheek, artist’s book about how he has a good time making art in spite of the bad times all around. Maybe Prince’s unconcerned approach to “concerned photography” is the best next step to find a way through the pains and pleasures of the world.

Thanks to Photo Eye Books and Galleries for the above suggestions.

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