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Contemporary Photography

The Importance of Contemporary Art
Gregory Crewdson

Contemporary art is our current art movement which involves art, including photography, created in present times. This art era succeeds the Modern art movement, which ended circa 1970 (although there is some debate on this).

Contemporary art practice has evolved from the artworks created just for us to admire. Contemporary artists use their art as a form of self-expression, usually inspired by real-world issues (social, cultural, or political). As cathartic as this is for the creator, the viewer gains just as much value. Often, these contemporary pieces are open to interpretation, and each person who views it will interpret it differently.

The artwork allows us a moment of self-reflection, and it lets us connect with the image in a much deeper way than modern art ever could.