"From the invention of photography in 1839, architecture was second only to portraiture as the most favored subject for the camera. The fact that buildings were immobile was advantageous for the long exposures needed in the early days, but architectural images were popular for other reasons: they documented dynastic, civic, and religious achievements; educated architects about construction and decorative details; and whetted curiosity about distant lands. Later photographers found innovative ways to depict structures of every era and type. The 75 images presented here, all from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, form a panoply of architectural structures and styles, from Egyptian ruins to Greek temples and Gothic cathedrals, and from skyscrapers and Modernist schools to mundane vernacular dwellings.
Edited by Gordon Baldwin and chronologically arranged, this photo catalogue 'Architecture in Photographs' which was published to coincide with the exhibition 'In Focus: Architecture' in 2013/14, spans the history of the medium and includes works in a variety of photographic processes by such distinguished nineteenth-century practitioners as Henri LE SECQ, Gustave LE GRAY, and Roger FENTON; twentieth-century photographers Eugène ATGET, Alfred STIEGLITZ, and Walker EVANS; contemporary artists Ed RUSCHA, Lewis BALTZ, and Steven SHORE; and younger image makers Catherine OPIE and Michael WESELY.
Photo books by and on the work of contributing photographers
- Acryl box within loose sheets, 17,5 x 20,5 x 3,5 cm., bilingual text: English / Japanese, Ltd. to 100 copies