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Keith Arnatt's photos depict dog turds and rubbish—but they are also about the medium of photography. Why has this great artist been so ignored?

By Ben Lewis   August 2007

The typology by which we sort the many forms of artistic production today is unconvincing at the best of times, but no shorthand definition is as senseless as the distinction made between photography and “art photography”—that is, between photographers who are exhibited in photography galleries and those shown in art galleries. Scores of mediocre photographers have ended up in the glamorous and lucrative art gallery camp, thanks to the pretentious intervention of an ambitious curator. And scores of brilliant photographers, lacking such champions, have been confined to the unjustly low-ranking exhibition spaces of photography co-ops, press agencies and galleries of…

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