|Chapter title||Gursky, Ruff, Demand: allegories of the real and the return of history|
|Editors||Sutton, D., Brind, S. and McKenzie, R.|
Focusing on the work of contemporary German photographers Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff, this essay argues that their work can be considered a modern form of ‘history painting’ and should be read in terms of allegory. The essay marks a break with dominant aesthetic readings of these works and reasserts the socio-political dimension of their practice.
|Keywords||photography, aesthetics, real|
|Book title||The state of the real: aesthetics in the digital age|
|Place of publication||London, UK|