October 26, 2014

A New Perspective: Barbican Exhibit Marries Photography and Design

That a relationship exists between photography and design is no surprise. Just flip through the pages of Interior Design. But the profound effect that images have on how we view structures and the world overall is less explored. Until now. Through January 11, 2015, Barbican Art Gallery, London, is hosting “Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age,” a global journey from the 1930’s to today by 18 leading lensmen and women.

Designed by architecture firm Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, the more than 250 images are grouped by author—Andreas Gursky, Ed Ruscha, and Interior Design Hall of Famer Julius Shulman, among them—in spaces that have been partitioned into circles, triangles, and pentagons to reflect the shapes captured in the photographs. Among the particularly stirring is Hélène Binet’s of Studio Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin during construction and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s blurred 1997 composition of the World Trade Center.

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