THAMES & HUDSON PRESENT: Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Thames & Hudson bring us the highly anticipated publication, Civilization: The Way We Live Now. This book shows how contemporary photography, notably art photography, is fascinated by, and attempts to decode and communicate, the way we live today. Filled with over 400 photographs by more than 145 photographers, this is set to be a truly engaging and utterly compelling title.

We’re delighted to share that Shutter Hub member Andreas Tschersich (who has just exhibited with us at the Shutter Hub OPEN 2018) has images in this beautiful book, and, if that’s not enough to pique your interest, read on and find out more about the associated exhibition below.

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© Cyril Porchet. Untitled, from the series Crowd, 2014

We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed, or so it seems to the collective psyche. Every day and every hour, human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. While we frequently lapse into celebrating the individual at the expense of the group, in science and art, at work and at play, at home and in transit, we increasingly live the collective life.

Civilization shows how contemporary photography, notably art photography, is fascinated by, and attempts to decode and communicate, the way we live today. This landmark publication is accompanied by an internationally touring exhibition produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography – a global cultural event for a global subject. The exhibition opens at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea, on 18 October 2018. The Flowers Gallery, London, will also be holding an exhibition to celebrate the launch of the book, running from 07 November to 22 December.

Civilization is presented through eight thematic chapters, each led by breathtaking imagery and accompanied by essays, quotes, commentaries and captions to provide a deeper understanding of its theme. Visually epic and ambitiously popular in approach, it will reach out beyond the boundaries of the photography world to connect with audiences worldwide.


© Andreas Tschersich. Peripher_1225_Manchester

Loaded Coal Train Cars, Norfolk, VA, © 2011 Alex S. MacLean / Landslides

The Clear Mirror –  an extract by William A. Ewing from Civilization, by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell, published by Thames & Hudson.

We live in an age not just of speed, but of acceleration, and even if the most cautious among us suggest that we should consider applying the brakes, in his aptly titled 2017 book Homo Deus, the historian Yuval Noah Harari wryly notes that no one even knows where the brake pedal is!Meanwhile, our bodies are rebuilt and resurfaced, our emotions chemically remodelled. There is now serious talk of head transplants (about time! We passed the face milestone way back in 2005), and to hear our techno-prophets, even immortality is around the corner. We manipulate our genes. Our robots begin to walk, talk and think. Each day and every hour human civilization evolves, dissolves, mutates. Some days, that adjective human sounds suspect.

Increasingly, our fast globalizing world throws us into closer and closer contact with each other, and the new-found intimacy can be exhilarating or distressing, or both. We are surveilled, observed, spied-upon, measured biometrically, fed news and seductive propositions tailored to our behaviours and desires. Privacy is increasingly a thing of the past, or turned into a luxury commodity reserved for a privileged few. A film star tweets to millions that she wants to be ‘left alone’ so that she can ‘process her grief’ – then feeds us the salacious details. A tennis star gives a vivid account of her mental anguish after her baby’s birth, and asks her legions of worshippers for advice. Meanwhile, Big Sister’s sibling, Big Brother, also seems to hover ever closer, albeit with an attractive smiling face, his features soon to be tailored to each of our deepest desires and fears.


Edward Burtynsky, Manufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, China, 2005. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Flowers Gallery, London

© Wang Qingsong. Work, Work, Work, 2012

Book Keeping of 2007 B, from the series My Things, 2008. © 2017 Honghao, courtesy Pace Gallery


COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Would you like to win a copy of Civilization: The Way We Live Now? Click here to enter the rafflecopter giveaway. UK only. Competition closes midnight BST 25/10/18. All you need to do is retweet the message. Good luck!


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