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Photography and the subject of architecture

Whittaker, E (2012) 'Photography and the subject of architecture.' In: Higgott, A and Wray, T, eds. Camera Constructs: Photography, architecture and the modern city. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 125-134. ISBN 9781409421450

Abstract

Photography and architecture have a uniquely powerful resonance - architectural form provides the camera with the subject for some of its most compelling imagery, while photography profoundly influences how architecture is represented, imagined and produced. Camera Constructs is the first book to reflect critically on the varied interactions of the different practices by which photographers, artists, architects, theorists and historians engage with the relationship of the camera to architecture, the city and the evolution of Modernism. The title thus on the one hand opposes the medium of photography and the materiality of construction - but on the other can be read as saying that the camera invariably constructs what it depicts: the photograph is not a simple representation of an external reality, but constructs its own meanings and reconstructs its subjects. Twenty-three essays by a wide range of historians and theorists are grouped under the themes of ‘Modernism and the Published Photograph’, ‘Architecture and the City Re-imagined’, ‘Interpretative Constructs’ and ‘Photography in Design Practices.’ They are preceded by an Introduction that comprehensively outlines the subject and elaborates on the diverse historical and theoretical contexts of the authors’ approaches

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Architectural photography. Cities and towns in art. Architectural design — Philosophy. Modern movement (Architecture) Cities and towns — History — 21st century. Architecture and photography. Cities and towns — History — 20th century.
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 15:40
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/465
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