I have just finished reading this book which was on my courses list for recommended reading. Art and Photography has been edited by David Campany, published by Phaidon and covers the subject of contemporary photographic art from mainly the 1960s till the late 1990s. Campany has divided the book in to topics: Memories and Archives; Object object; Traces of Traces; The Urban and the Everyday; The Studio Image; The Arts of Reproduction; Just Looking; The Cultures of Nature. He begins his book by explaining what he means for each topic title with the theory and history. When I started to read this book I had read half way through this introduction section before I realized that it was best to read each part of the Introduction section along with the topic chapter itself as much of the introduction was referring to photos found in the relevant section in the book and reading the intro in conjunction with the section made more sense. Some of the artists are illustrated and discussed two or three times in different topical sections dependent if their work has crossed over.
A useful book for consulting for ideas and for reference.