Photography Is: A manifesto for photography in the 21st century
Capturing the myriad ways in which photography is defined and discussed across our culture, Mishka Henner has collected thousands of phrases from scientific journals, teenage blogs, corporate press releases, institutional notices and countless other sources that begin with the words “Photography Is”. The results are wildly diverse and provide a rich and multi-layered definition of one of the world’s most popular pursuits.
Photography Is mirrors the ambiguous and untrustworthy nature of photographs themselves with each phrase in the book torn from the context in which it originally appeared. The result is contradictory and chaotic, frustrating and insightful. In short, it is photography, without photographs.
Installations of this book have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Les Rencontres d’Arles, the International Centre of Photography in New York, and Open Eye in Liverpool. The book is held in collections including the Bibliotheque Kandinski in Paris, the National Art Library at the V&A in London, and the Museum of Modern Art’s collection of Artists’ Books in New York.
Softcover print-on-demand book, 5.5x8.5 inches (13.97x21.59cm), 200 pages.
Publication date: 2012
First published in 2010