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Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century

Claire Zimmerman


Photographic Architecture and the Spread of German Modernism is a “picture anthropology” of modern architecture, showing how photography shaped its development, its reception, and its history in the 20th c. At first, architects used photography to promote their practices, even as they doubted its value and efficacy as a means of representation. Unlike other representations, photographs were both too real, and not real enough. Furthermore, the photographic image acted on its subject like an alchemical agent. Photography altered the material that it represented, at the same time shepherding arch ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816683345
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Zimmerman, author
Assistant Professor of Architecture & Art History, University of Michigan