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CRITIC'S CHOICE

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During the past couple of decades, while some photographers have glamorised architecture for practice brochures and magazines, others have approached the built world rather more dispassionately. In the images of, say, Thomas Struth and Gabriele Basilico (in his superb book Cityscapes), there's the sense of a neutral depiction of urban and suburban scenes - a warts-and-all approach - and their work becomes evidence on which planners, urban designers and architects can draw.

So a conference at the University of Brighton on Saturday 29 October, Peripheral Visions: Urban Space and Photography, is pertinent. Speakers include the writer Iain Sinclair and photographers Rut Blees Luxemburg (specialist in film-noirish night-time city shots) and Mark Power (details:

dg53@brighton. ac. uk). One of Power's photos is shown above, from a series called A System of Edges: Travels to the Edge of the London A-Z: this interest in marginal sites keeps recurring in photography of late (and is reflected in architecture shows like Deutschlandscape currently at the V&A).

October seems to be a month for photographs.

At Ffotogallery in Penarth until 5 November there are more images of post-industrial landscapes by Raffaella Mariniello, whose subjects range from social housing in Marseilles to coastal development in South Wales - but usually seen at night, depopulated and rather eerie (www. ffotogallery. org).

The dereliction that haunts her pictures is explicit in Paul Bullivant's exhibition, Waiting to Go, at Bristol's Architecture Centre until 13 November. Bullivant records the demolition of a Bristol housing estate and its effect on the uprooted residents (www. architecturecentre. co. uk).

Meanwhile in London, Alternative Arts is coordinating its annual Photomonth, with events and exhibitions at over 30 venues, many of which continue into November.

Among the shows with architectural content is Locality/ Identity/History at Seven Seven Contemporary Art, E8, from 3-27 November, but perhaps the most immediately striking photographs are the large-format landscapes - Arctic panoramas - of Christian Houge at the Scout Gallery, N1, until 29 October (www. alternativearts. co. uk).

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