Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City by Andrew Higgot and Timothy Wray
"Camera Constructs" contains a selection of essays by a range of architectural historians and theorists exploring the relationships between photography, architecture and the modern city. The work discussed includes commissioned architectural photography, art practices and architects' uses of the camera in design processes. This is the first book to reflect critically on the varied interactions of these different practices, and to engage with photography's roles not only in documenting architecture, but in defining how we imagine it and influencing its processes and forms. The title thus on the one hand opposes the medium of photography and the materiality of construction, but on the other can be read as saying that the camera invariably constructs what it depicts - the photograph is not a simple representation of an external reality, but constructs its own meanings and reconstructs its subjects. Twenty-four essays, grouped under the themes of 'Modernism and the Published Photograph', 'Architecture and the City Re-imagined', 'Interpretative Constructs' and 'Photography in Design Practices' provide a rich and highly original analysis of the relationship of photography to built form through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.
Farnham 2012, 19cm x 24cm, illustrated, 325pp. Hardback.