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Walead Beshty
Walead Beshty
Walead Beshty
Walead Beshty


Edited, with an introduction by Walead Beshty. Texts by Maya Hoffman and Tom Eccles.

Spanning from the late 19th century to the present with images produced for scientific and artistic contexts, Picture Industry includes the work of more than 70 artists and practitioners. An essential anthology of historical and theoretical texts, it reflects upon transformations in the production and distribution of photographic images as realized through its varied constructions of the corporeal, from its origin as a scientific tool and a means of cultural investigation to its phenomenological effects on the viewer. It complexifies traditional accounts of the medium, drawing on its application within science and the humanities to contemporary art. Rather than attempting a definitive history, the publication posits an alternative approach to the myriad questions and debates associated with representation, presenting its technological history as inextricable from the social history of media.

Picture Industry brings together essays, excerpts and reprints of seminal texts, facsimiles of historical publications, and a series of edited conversations with artists by, among others, Giorgio Agamben, Cory Arcangel, Ariella Azoulay, Roland Barthes, Georges Bataille, Ericka Beckman, Walter Benjamin, Georges Didi-Huberman, Harun Farocki, Morgan Fisher, Vilém Flusser, Coco Fusco, Tristan Garcia, Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas, Mark Godfrey, Dan Graham, Friedrich A. Kittler, Boris Mikhailov, Craig Owens, Erwin Panofsky, Seth Price, Siegfried Kracauer, Rosalind Krauss, Etienne-Jules Marey, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, William Henry Fox Talbot, Gilles de la Tourette and Alan Turing.

Published with LUMA Foundation and CCS Bard on the occasion of the exhibition Picture Industry, curated by Walead Beshty at LUMA, Arles, October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019.

Published 2018, JRP Ringier
Hardcover, 7 x 9 in. / 864 pgs / 380 color / 215 bw.
ISBN 9783037645024