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Photography and Architecture

Bilingual edition

The fields of photography and architecture have long been closely linked: photography provides a powerful way for architecture to be appreciated from a distance, and the camera lens alters and enhances buildings so that they can be appreciated anew, even by those already intimately familiar with them. Concrete: Photography and Architecture explores this deep and often complex relationship, with particular attention paid not only to how photography influences the perception of architecture but also the very design itself. Beginning with the invention of photography in the nineteenth century, this volume presents iconic images of urban architecture and townscapes that are organized thematically rather than simply chronologically. The editors have assembled over two hundred images from numerous notable photographers, including: Georg Aerni, Adolphe Braun, Balthasar Burkhard, Lynn Cohen, Walker Evans, Lucien Hervé, Germaine Krull, Stanley Kubrick, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and William Henry Fox Talbot. Originally published to coincide with an exhibition celebrating the Fotomuseum Winterthur’s twentieth anniversary, Concrete: Photography and Architecture is an exhaustive investigation of architectural photography and is as beautiful as it is informative.  

440 pages | 156 color plates, 157 halftones | 8 1/2 x 11


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Table of Contents

Combined German/English Edition

      Urs Stahel

Grand Tour: From Talbot to Koolhaas
Photography and Modern Architecture
Building Architectural Images
      Lorenzo Rocha
Stone, Steel, Glass
On the Poetics of Materials: The Photographic Gaze into the Secrets of Matter
      Michael Jakob
Construction, Decay, Destruction
Power, Boundaries, Security
Model, Simulation, Temporary Architecture
A Conversation on Photography and Architecture
“But Photographers Still Discover the Beauty or the Weaknesses on their Own”
      Meret Ernst, Annette Gigon, and Armin Linke
House, Home, Unheimlich
The Other Scene: On the Uncanny Architecture of Photography
      Johannes Binotto
Settlements, Transit Spaces, Metropolises
Void/Density: Photography and the Representation of Urban Spaces
      Nicoletta Leonardi
The Garden City of Seven Villages: Winterthur’s transition from the 19th century to the 21st
      Caspar Schärer
Icons of Urban Cool: Notes on Photographs from Zūrich-West
      Verena Huber Nievergelt

How Can the City Be Shown Concretely?
      Jochen Becker
New York City

Calcutta Chaosmos
      Aveek Sen

Image and Text Credits
Authors’ Biographies

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