Since its inception in 1985, the annual New Photography exhibition series has introduced the work of sixty-five international artists.

This year’s exhibition highlights the individual achievements of Josephine Meckseper (German, b. 1964) and Mikhael Subotzky (South African, b. 1981). Each artist's works exemplify recent developments in art: the reinvention of documentary photography to picture the diverse conditions of everyday life in South Africa in Subotzky’s case, and the expanding of the medium of photography into a series of artistic operations that expose the thin line between advertising, politics and fashion in Meckseper’s case. Both artists’ endeavors attest to photography’s potential to construct, document, and engage with meaning in the world today.

Installation Video


My deepest thanks are owed to the two remarkable artists brought together in this exhibition, Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky, and to their representative galleries for the generosity of their collaboration.

At The Museum of Modern Art, heartfelt thanks are extended to Dan Leers, Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography, for his superb professional assistance with the exhibition. Sincere thanks are also due to Marina Chao, Carlos Yepes, Corey Wyckoff, Rebecca Roberts, Samuel Sherman, David Hart and Lotte Meijer for their work on the exhibition and the Web site.
Organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography.

The New Photography series is made possible by JGS, Inc.