(DOWNLOAD) [Constructing Worlds] AUTHOR Alona Pardo


Lots of striking images of buildingsthe concrete the better One photographer who stood out to me was Nadav Kander 45 StarsThis book shows the huge importance that photography has had and continues to have on architecture the long running alliance between them has played a significant role in benefiting both art forms and allowing them to enjoy a wider audienceIn terms of ality and variety we are very much spoiled for choice From many schools and many eras we get a satisfying range of photography and architecture Berenice Abbott s Night View of New York from 1932 could have been taken last night and reduces the neon lights to a landscape of smouldering coals Her City Arabesue from 1938 DESTROYS OUR IDEA OF SCALE MAKING YOU BELIEVE THAT our idea of scale making you believe that could lift p the buildings and move them around as you please In another image we find the tenants washing hanging in the air like the forlorn sails of an abandoned pirate shipThe bland sterility of Julius Shulman. The relationship between architecture and photography is the focus of this book that features the work of eighteen influential artists from the 1930s to the present day Architecture has long been a subject matter for photographers who tilize the medium not just to document the built world but also to reveal wider truths about society This book features chapters devoted to var. S shots of post war American houses that he did for aspirational lifestyle magazines has a chilling ality that you houses that he did for aspirational lifestyle magazines has a chilling ality that you normally associate with a sci fi dystopia Then there are Lucien Herve s crisp sharp images of Le Corbusier S Work The High Court Corbusier s work the High Court Justice in Chandigarh from 1955 which give the building an appearance somewhere between a giant s workshop and a derelict warehouseEd Ruscha s aerial shots of LA parking lots which are so bewildering that they could easily be segments from an open cast mine Then we have Bernd and Hilla Becher s stark brutalist monolithic water towers which almost look primed for take off Many of Stephen Shore s sun soaked shots of cities in the US resemble scenes from some forgotten 70s80s daytime soap operaThomas Struth s streetscapes possess an eerie stillness his shot of Buskoe Dong in Pyongyang from 2007 is a ghastly concrete nightmare which takes the idea of brutalism to a terrifying extreme and really feeds into. Ious artists among them Berenice Abbott Walker Evans Ed Ruscha Bernd and Hilla Becher Andreas Gursky and Iwan Baan and includes 220 color and duotone images Each chapter opens with a text introducing the artists' work followed by reproductions of their photographs Arranged chronologically the book documents the birth of the skyscraper against the of their photographs Arranged chronologically the book documents the birth of the skyscraper against the of the Great Depressi. Constructing WorldsThe idea of the Hermit Kingdom as one great prison Simon Norfolk s incriminating depiction Of Afghan Ruins Exposes The Afghan ruins exposes the cost of criminal capitalism The honeyed light only briefly detracts from the extent of the devastation at criminal capitalism The honeyed light only briefly detracts from the extent of the devastation at hands of various murderous Russian American and British regimes have inflicted stretching back centuries Guy Tillim s crumbling apartment buildings in Beira in Mozambiue 2007 present ite extraordinary juxtaposition against the tropical background which looks eager to reclaim its land and Nadav Kander s images of s accelerated progress speak like smeared moody landscapes tinged with loss and regretAs this book so beautifully demonstrates the marriage between architecture and photography is not only a vital one but an incredibly inventive and fruitful one which benefits all concerned This is an absolute treat of a collection and I would recommend to anyone with the slightest interest in architecture or photography. On; the rise of the modernist tradition in America post colonial Africa and India; the effects of industry on 1960s Europe; the increasing suburbanization of America and Europe; and the conseuences of today's mass rbanization in Asia the Middle East and South America Far reaching and penetrating this volume reflects on the ongoing dialogue between photography and architecture. ,

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