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  • Juergen Teller - Swimming, Glemmingebro, Sweden, 2015
April 4, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Photography has arguably been one of the most revolutionary additions to the advancement of human artistic expression since the days of the Renaissance.

Photography has managed to freeze a moment in time, bringing a single vision to the larger world, triggering our emotions and influencing our world views. Over the past few decades, the medium has been transformed by new technologies and formats, continually pushing its boundaries.

We take a look at 10 contemporary artists taking photography in new directions. The best part is that you can own these works right now!

Featured image: Juergen Teller – Swimming, Glemmingebro, Sweden, 2015.

  • SOH Alex Vermeulen - Lunacy Leads to the Carnival of Souls

SOH Alex Vermeulen - Lunacy Leads to the Carnival of Souls

A highly talented Dutch multimedia artist, SOH Alex Vermeulen experiments with hybrids of a wide range of media including photography, film-books, films, performances, theater, sculptures and installations. He is best known for his multi-faceted project States of Humanity that explores the life inside a metropolis.

The work Lunacy Leads to the Carnival of Souls is part of his interactive cinematographic WebBook titled The Epic. A series where he makes connections between Asian and Western art and culture, it is inspired by the Balinese interpretation of Valmiki’s Ramayana Epic and Shakespeare’s tragic play  Othello. The artist merged the two into a powerful new visual form.

See more info about the work here.

  • Liu Bolin - Mona Lisa, 2016

Liu Bolin - Mona Lisa, 2016

A Chinese contemporary artist, Liu Bolin creates amazing works that fuse Performance Art, photography, and protest. He became internationally known for his camouflage art where he employs a technique of painting himself into ordinary backgrounds. Through this practice, the artist asks the viewers to delve into what is beneath the surface.

In 2016, Liu Bolin appropriated classical masterpieces including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, using the very technique that made him famous: the complex, time-consuming, highly detailed and hand-painted act of camouflage. In this way, he recreated the image with scores of human subjects as his canvas

See more info about the work here.

  • Richard Caldicott - Untitled (14), 2013

Richard Caldicott - Untitled (14), 2013

The British artist Richard Caldicott pushes the boundaries of photography by creating abstract compositions. Through a completely new and fresh use of mundane consumer products, he creates stunning works imbued with colors and geometric forms. He has a unique ability to transform his medium, creating something new by using the most traditional techniques.

In the work Untitled (14) from 2013, Caldicott transforms the functionality of everyday objects once again. In this practice, the artist is more focused on formal considerations than conceptual hijinks.

See more info about the work here.

  • Max Serradifalco - Earth 1, Iran, 2013

Max Serradifalco - Earth 1, Iran, 2013

An Italian graphic artist and a photographer, Max Serradifalco is known for his particular talent in seeing between the Earth forms of the real natural works of art. Using satellite maps, he creates innovative virtual landscapes, taking the viewers on a journey across the globe. eliminating the boundaries of time and space, he creates unique celestial imagery with vivid colors and almost abstract scenery.

A part of the E-ART-H series, this image captured the satellite view of Iran.

See more info about the work here.

  • Rodrigo Valenzuela - Toward Hedonic Reversal No. 4

Rodrigo Valenzuela - Toward Hedonic Reversal No. 4

Relying on his own experience, Rodrigo Valenzuela is a Chilean artist whose installation, video and photographic works criticize the social issues. Using the personal experience and autobiographical themes, he constructs narratives that indicate the tension between the individual and social communities.

This photograph is part of the series Hedonic Reversal, a monochromatic body of work that recreates urban decay and ruins in the artist’s studio. Divorced from the social conditions that typically underlie “beautiful ruins” photography, the images question how our aesthetic response is transformed by the absence of poverty and suffering. 

See more info about the work here.

  • Christophe Jacrot - White Chapel, Snjór series, 2016

Christophe Jacrot - White Chapel, Snjór series, 2016

With a very pictorial and emotional approach, the French photographer Christophe Jacrot has been developing an artistic project on major cities of the northern hemisphere in adverse weather conditions. His works show a lesser known side of megacities transfigured by extreme weather conditions.

A part of the Snjór series, the image shows a landscape transformed by the whiteness of the snow. 

See more info about the work here.

  • Juergen Teller - Swimming, Glemmingebro, Sweden, 2015

Juergen Teller - Swimming, Glemmingebro, Sweden, 2015

An acclaimed German fashion photographer, Juergen Teller is known for his uncanny ability to mix the commercial side of the job with his own artistic preferences. In addition to his commissioned photographs where he embraces the idiosyncrasies of his subjects, Teller has also created a series of candid portraits of both himself and his friends and family, as well as poetic photographs of a variety of subjects.

The work Swimming, Glemmingebro, Sweden is a self-portrait of Juergen Teller as a swimmer, though we wouldn’t recognize this figure as him from looking at the picture. At first glance, it appears as if the artist is staging his own body in a Romantic tableau.

See more info about the work here.

  • Buhlebezwe Siwani - Khanyisa, 2015

Buhlebezwe Siwani - Khanyisa, 2015

A South African artist, Buhlebezwe Siwani relies on an exceptional combination of performances, installations art and photography in order to get the delicate messages across to the viewers. In her work, she confronts the historical marks of patriarchal and western ideals of beauty, power, gender and spirituality.

Her work Khanyisa from 2015 is an exploration of the self and an interrogation of the world.

See more info about the work here.

  • Alexia Tailleur - Marseille le Panier 13

Alexia Tailleur - Marseille le Panier 13

The French artist Alexia Tailleur is known for the unique use of the gold leaf technique that she studied in an Italian monastery. In her works, Alexia’s creation enhances private stories where subjects, who are treated in the style of icons, reflect her personal universe.

With the work Marseille le Panier 13, the artist gives value and visibility to what stays usually in the shadow. Taken in the streets of Marseille, this action shot is printed on thick tracing papers and partially enhanced with gold.

See more info about the work here.

All images courtesy their respective galleries.

  • Valentina Murabito - Vultures. Study, 2016

Valentina Murabito - Vultures. Study, 2016

A Berlin-based Italian artist, Valentina Murabito crosses the boundaries of different art forms, creating works united in experimental analog photography. Her aesthetic outcome is a subtle play on the “reality” of photography and “fiction” of painting.

The work Vultures. Study from 2016 is part of the series where the artist shattered the boundaries of the baryta paper and developed photographs on different materials like cement, wood or directly on the wall.

See more info about the work here.