Think first, shoot later.


Small Basement Camera Shop circa 1937, Rodney Graham.

Photography from the MCA collection.
Think First, Shoot Later examines many of the defining artists and themes in conceptual photography over the past four decades, including numerous examples from the so-called Dusseldorf School of photography, by artists such as Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, and Thomas Struth; the Vancouver School, with Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, and Stan Douglas; and feminist artists of the 1970s such as Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Ana Mendieta; as well as a highly diverse range of artists such as James Welling, Wolfgang Tillmans, Torbjorn Rodland, and Elad Lassry, who borrow freely across the range of photographic possibilities. As a whole, visitors are given a sense of some of the most dominant issues defining the field of photography today.