Constructing Worlds 03.10.14

  • Nadav Kander: Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006

  • Nadav Kander: Chongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality, 2007

  • Bas Princen: Mokattam Ridge, (Garbage Recycling City), Cairo, 2009

  • Bas Princen: Cooling Plant, Dubai, 2009

  • Guy Tillim: Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008

  • Guy Tillim: Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008

  • Luigi Ghirri: Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena; the ossuary in winter, 1986

  • Simon Norfolk: Former Soviet-era Palace of Culture, Kabul, 2001 - 02. Courtesy of Simon Norfolk

  • Simon Norfolk: A security guard's booth at the newly restored Ikhtiaruddin citadel, Herat, 2010 - 2011

  • Thomas Struth: Clinton Road, London, 1977

  • Julius Shulman: Case Study House #22, 1960 (Architect: Pierre Koenig)

  • Julius Shulman: Case Study House #22, 1960 (Architect: Pierre Koenig)

  • Iwan Baan: Torre David #2, Caracas, Venezuela, 2011

  • Iwan Baan Torre David #10, Caracas, Venezuela, 2011

  • Stephen Shore: Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, July 13, 1974, 1974

  • Walker Evans: Atlanta, Georgia. Frame Houses and a Billboard, 1936

An exhibition at the Barbican presents photographs that captured seminal moments in 20th and 21st-century architecture

Eighteen photographers, including Andreas Gursky, Charles and Ray Eames, Bernd and Hilla Becher and Julius Shulman, captured seminal moments in 20th and 21st-century architecture.

From Le Corbusier's town-planning masterwork Chandigarh, shot by cinematographer Lucien Hervé, to Berenice's Abbott's documentation of the rise of the New York skyscraper, and Bas Princen's survey of the Middle East's urban transformation, Constructing Worlds considers architecture as the photographer's favourite muse.

Above are some of the works on display.

Constructing Worlds runs at the Barbican until 11 January 2015

 

Images: Flowers Gallery; Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg; Luigi Ghirri Estate and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York; J. Paul Getty Trust, Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute; Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; 303 Gallery; New York and Sprüth Magers, London;; Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection

 

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