Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art) by Charlotte Cotton

Artists & Art History | Our Relationship to the Photograph

Cotton explores the changing relationship between people and their images in a media-dominated world. She examines how ‘the camera’ has come to shape individual and collective identities, sometimes in ways we might not expect.

Photos touch our souls and mark our memories; they shape us as individuals and make us human—in all senses of the word: we are built from photographs, often without realizing it.

Cotton shows how photography is evolving at breakneck speed to meet new global markets; how it reflects our age of information overload—and holds up a mirror to it; how selfies have become a tool for art, publicity, or global protest.

Joelle’s Library

Learning about the art world can seem elusive. It shouldn’t be.

Building your art bookshelf is a forever-ongoing process. I’ve included an Amazon link to help you find the right next book for you, but you can always purchase at your local bookstore in person or at

The books are organized into categories. The First Books are for those brand-new to the art world. More seasoned collectors can jump ahead to dive deeper into specific threads.

  1. The First Books
  2. Artists & Art History
  3. The Science & Art Of Collecting
  4. The Buying & Selling Of Art
  5. The Art Market

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