The McNay Art Museum’s exhibition Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography opens at the end of this month. The exhibition and its catalogue survey the work of sixteen groundbreaking contemporary photographers linked by a common theme: each aims to tell a story—real or imagined—through pictures.

Featured works range from the 1970s to the present and are by some of the most recognizable names in photography: Gregory Crewdson, Nan Goldin, Jessica Todd Harper, and Jeff Wall to name a few. Some of these artists explore and manipulate photographic imagery through technology and digital processes, others create complex staged scenes in order to convey a momentary narrative. The book’s essays look at this style of photography from a historical context and explore its place in contemporary art practice. Also included is a small booklet insert with short biographies of each featured artist.

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden