Shannon Taggart’s Favorite Book from 2021

PHOTO | BRUT by Bruno Decharme & Compagnie.   Published by Flammarion.

PHOTO | BRUT boldly proposes a new genre by championing photographic works made with enigmatic purpose and without art world intention. The book includes over five hundred pieces by fifty-three creators, divided into categories concerning sexual desire, obsession, and fetish; identity and gender; visionary output of epic proportions; and attempts to picture the invisible. The results are often spectacularly odd, emotionally explosive, and shockingly intimate. PHOTO | BRUT invites questions about voyeurism, transgression, myth-making, and transformation through photography, probing the medium’s stranger possibilities.

Shannon Taggart is an artist and author currently based in St. Paul, MN. Her first monograph, SÉANCE (Fulgur Press, 2019), was named one of TIME’s ‘Best Photobooks of 2019.’