Rather than merely document the Lambert collection?one of the most important in contemporary photography?Janus took advantage of a show of the collection presented earlier this year in Germany to construct a first-rate scholarly examination of photography’s role as art. The innovative writers in this ongoing debate?Roland Barthe, John Berger, Douglas Crimp, et al.?as well as influential artists are cited in the main essays by 13 prominent American and European curators and critics. Interspersed throughout in extremely fine reproductions are images by Paul McCarthy, Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, Nan Goldin, Gerhard Richter, Wolfgang Tillmans, Robert Frank, Annette Messager, and dozens of others. Central to the book’s success, the essays are not limited to a simple description of these works but offer a parallel discussion.