Coming November 6, CIVILIZATION: The Way We Live Now — a stunning portrait of our fast-changing world, as seen through the lenses of 140 leading contemporary photographers around the globe
We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed—or so it seems to the collective psyche. Perpetually evolving, morphing, building and demolishing, rethinking, reframing and reshaping the world around and ahead —and the people within it—an emerging, planetary-wide civilization is our grand, global, collective endeavor. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so interdependent.
With close to 500 images, many previously unpublished, CIVILIZATION: The Way We Live Now (Thames & Hudson, November 6, 2018) takes stock of the material and spiritual cultures that make up “civilization.” Ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from our great collective achievements to our ruinous collective failings, this landmark publication explores the complexity of contemporary civilization through the rich, nuanced language of photography.
Featuring images by some 140 photographers—from Reiner Riedler’s families at amusement parks, Raimond Wouda’s high schools, Wang Qingsong’s Work, Work, Work and Cindy Sherman’s Society Portraits, to Lauren Greenfield’s displays of ostentatious wealth, Edward Burtynsky’s oil fields, Pablo López Luz’s views on a sprawling contemporary megapolis, Thomas Struth’s images of high technology, Xing Danwen’s electronic wastelands, and Taryn Simon’s Contraband, CIVILIZATION draws together the threads of humankind’s ever-changing, frenetic, collective life across the globe.
Through eight thematic chapters, this visually epic volume presents powerful imagery, accompanied by provocative essays, quotes, and concise statements by the artists themselves.
CIVILIZATION accompanies the internationally touring exhibition Civilization: The Way We Live Now, co-produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, curated by William A. Ewing, Bartomeu Mari, and Holly Roussell.
About the Book
CIVILIZATION: The Way We Live Now, by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell
Thames & Hudson, November 6, 2018
352 pages, 485 illustrations
$60.00 hardcover, ISBN: 9780500021705
For more information : https://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com/books/civilization-the-way-we-live-now-hardcover
Thames & Hudson
October 27, 2018 to November 27, 2018