“The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building.”
Louis Kahn, American Architect
Architecture is an integral part of modern society and we often judge the success of ancient civilisations on the merits of their architectural achievements. The concept of architecture can be described as the process and outcome of planning, designing and constructing buildings and other man-made structures such as monuments, bridges and towers.
Ever since photography was first invented, buildings have been a popular source of inspiration for photographers who recognise the cultural significance of architecture. By the 1860s, architectural photography was becoming an accepted visual medium and throughout the 20th century it became increasingly creative as photographers began to experiment with contrast, light, shadows, textures, reflections and perspective.
This exhibition features a wide spectrum of interpretations of the concept of architecture. Many photographers have chosen to capture whole buildings in all their glory, whilst others have taken the smaller details as focal points by cropping in closer to create more abstract images that fill the frame. Pattern and symmetry can also be seen as a source of inspiration in many of the images creating a strong and successful composition.
This exhibition features a powerful catalogue of striking images that depict all aspects of architecture and help us to recognise the beauty that can be found in the smallest of details. After all, as Charles Eames is famously quoted as saying, “The details are not the details. They make the design.”
Daniel Agra, Angelika Berndt, Bharat Bhambhaney, Andre Braganca, Vanessa Bridges, Kieran Brimson, Alex Brossler, Susan Brown, Bruno Coelho, Lee Conrad, Nigel Dutt, Alan Edwards, Goran Erfani, Fatmah Fahmy, Giuseppe Francavilla, Jason Freeman, Sanjiban Ghosh, Davd Ginn, Karen Goh, Jeff Goodman, Roy Goutam, Shane Griffin, Diane Griffiths, Leka Huie, Colin Jarvis, Louis Gabriel Keroack, Christine Lamb, Jean-Marie Lemazurier, Peter Markwick, Rashad Mehdiyev, Mervyn Mitchell, Roger Newark, Angela Niman, Joseph O Neill, Udayan Sankar Pal, Roberto Pestarino, Lorraine Poole, Ervin Raska, David Rogers, Somraj Sahu, Francisco Willian Saldanha, Yevhen Samuchenko, Sanjoy Sengupta, Parita Sheth, Ivan Sovic, Paul Stoddart, Jovana Stojiljkovi, Erik Svec, Michael Tatang, Rita Testa, Mark Tipping, Cesar Torres, Alan Tow, Tatevik Vardanyan, Kirill Varshavskiy, Linda Walker, Eric White, Georgios Zampas