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Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century$
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Claire Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683345

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683345.001.0001

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From Photographic Surface to Image Object

From Photographic Surface to Image Object

James Stirling’S Postmodernism

(p.269) 9. From Photographic Surface to Image Object
Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century

Claire Zimmerman

University of Minnesota Press

One of the most important distinctions between these two phases of architectural history lies in a fundamental change in attitude to the status of images in architectural work. This change is examined through close analysis of the early work of Alison and Peter Smithson in contrast to that of James Stirling; and the transition from Rudolf Wittkower’s writing to that of Reyner Banham. These paired case studies are distributed through Chapter 9. This chapter joins building and infrastructure, and text and image, topics that were examined separately in the first two parts of the book.

Keywords:   architectural photography, modern architecture, architectural montage, architectural abstraction, pictorial architecture, visual culture, virtual space, postwar abstraction, New Brutalism, postmodernism

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