- 19 × 25 cm hardcover books
- Published by Thames & Hudson
- designed by Loose Joints
Presenting work from the earliest through to the most contemporary of photographers, Making It Up: Photographic Fictions challenges the idea that ‘the camera never lies’. With over 130 photographs supported by extended commentaries and an introduction, the book illustrates that, though we often recognize the staged, constructed or the tableau as a feature of contemporary art photography, this way of working is almost as old as the practice itself. Remarkable in themselves, these photographic fictions, whether created by such early practitioners as Lewis Carroll or Roger Fenton, internationally renowned artists such as Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall, or contemporary figures such as Hannah Starkey and Bridget Smith, find new and intriguing relevance in our so-called ‘post-truth’ age.
The V&A Photography Library is a new series of accessible, introductory volumes to the key themes, works, objects and individuals in photography, illustrated with unprecedented access to the V&A’s photography collection: the oldest held by a public museum and one of the largest and finest in the world.
We were approached by Thames & Hudson to find a way to connect the V&A's diverse collections, from the earliest photographs to the most modern, in an accessible and flexible format for an ongoing series of books. The first two titles, Cameraless Photography and Making It Up: Photographic Fictions, were published in September 2018 with four more titles planned for the coming year. The books employ a visual style that emphasises details and the tactile qualities of their physical holdings, as well as using contemporary Victorian revival typefaces (Pegasus by Dinamo and Figgins Sans by Nick Shinn) to highlight the connections across history throughout the books.