Conceptual Photo Books: Photo-Imago as a Trace of the Geist Miško Šuvaković, Dubravka Đurić


  • Miško Šuvaković
  • Dubravka Đurić



book, artist's book, book as art, photo book, asrtistic photo book, conceptual photography


In the essay, we will deal with the models of the photo book of artists in conceptual art 1966–80. A short sketch of the international history of photo books in conceptual art will be presented, ranging from the examples of American, British, Croatian, and Serbian authors, etc. We will point out to the two levels of discussion: (1) the essential morphological properties of the book, artistic books and photo book in conceptual art – the transformation of static photographic image into a series of sequences and a series of sequences into mental representation; and (2) typology of characteristic models of photo books in conceptual art (book-project, artist's book as a first-person speech, tautological articulation of a series of photographs, analytical reflection between image and text, documentary book etc.). We will also discuss photo books in conceptual art in relation to models: phototautology, photodocuments, photoperformance, photoselfreflectivity, photoarchive, photo-remediation, photosemiology, photoshifter, photoconceptual text, phototravellers, photo-construction-of-the-every-day-life, phototranscultural narration, photoexistence, photopolitization and photo-simulation.

Article received: April 23, 2022; Article accepted: June 21, 2022; Published online: September 15, 2022; Original scholarly paper

Author Biographies

Miško Šuvaković

Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade


Miško Šuvaković (b. 1954, Belgrade) is a professor of applied aesthetics and theory of art and media, Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade (since 2015) and a former professor of applied aesthetics: Faculty of Music, Belgrade (1996–2015). He was a member of the conceptual art Group 143 (1975–80). He is a member of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics. He is a member of the Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts. He is a former president of International Association for Aesthetics (IAA) 2019–22. He is the co-editor of Impossible Histories – Historical Avant-gardes, Neo-Avant-Gardes and Post-Avant-Gardes in Yugoslavia 1918–1991 (The MIT Press, 2003), and the author of Epistemology of Art (TkH Belgrade, Tanzquartier Vienna, 2008), The Clandestine Histories of the OHO Group (Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., 2009) and The Neo-Aesthetics Theory (Hollitzer Verlag, 2017). His books in Serbian are: Konceptualna umetnost (MSUV, Novi Sad, 2008) and 3E: estetika, epistemologija i etika Spekuloativnih i De Re media (FMK, Beograd, 2020).

Dubravka Đurić

Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade


Dubravka Đurić graduated and got her magister degree at The Department of General Literature and Literary Theory of Belgrade Faculty of Philology, and PhD at the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. She is a Professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, where she teaches several courses on media studies and popular culture, as well as a course on experimental literature. From 2015 she is a president of the Serbian Association for Anglo-American Studies. With Miško Šuvaković she co-edited the book Impossible Histories: Avant-Garde, Neo-avant-garde and Post-Avant-Garde in Yugoslavia 1918–1991, 2003. With Biljana D. Obradović she co-edited Cat Painters: An Anthology of Serbian Poetry, 2016. She was co-founding co-editor of ProFemina: magazine for women’s literature and culture (1995–2011). She writes poetry and translates American poetry, with focus on language poetry. She works in the area of comparative post-Yugoslav poetries.


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How to Cite

Šuvaković, M., & Đurić, D. (2022). Conceptual Photo Books: Photo-Imago as a Trace of the Geist Miško Šuvaković, Dubravka Đurić. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (28), 37–63.



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