toward straight photography that here I find myself needing good examples of artists who work with photoshop/manipulation to add layers of image & meaning, but I'm drawing a blank. All I can think of right now is Stephen Marc, Jason Salavon, and Chris Jordan's newer work. Come on, help me out... this is for class tonight.
Speaking of Chris Jordan, have you seen this?
update: thanks already for the tips... these are great. of course, how could i forget gursky & jeff wall? two more whose work i can think of, but i'm drawing a blank on: the guy from chicago who strips the text from the world (i'll look through brian's links). the other is the guy with the new england prep school summer camp orgy scenes. hmmm... my description is lacking, but if you've seen it, you know what i mean. oh, and i just remembered two that i do love to show: kelli connell and peter freitag's "examples for communication."