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Constructing Worlds: urban stories seen through classic photos

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An exhibition of architectural photography depicting topics as diverse as New York skyscrapers, Le Corbusier’s work at Chandigarh and Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum opens tomorrow (25 September)

The exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre brings together more than 250 works by 18 photographers from the 1930s onwards and aims to show how the medium of photography has documented the built world and society.

Nadav Kander, Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006. © Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery.

Nadav Kander, Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006. © Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery.

Entitled ‘Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’, the exhibition is organised chronologically and thematically, beginning with Berenice Abbott’s photographs of New York taken during the 1930s and includes Lucien Hervé’s cinematic documentation of Le Corbusier’s works in Chandigarh, Luigi Ghirri’s representations of the buildings of Aldo Rossi and Hélène Binet’s photographs of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Other photographers included in the exhibition include Guy Tillim, who documented late Modernist-era colonial structures in Angola, Congo and Mozambique; Bas Princen, whose works explore the urban transformation of the Middle East; and Iwan Baan who captured the inhabitation of Torre David in Venezuela.

Exhibition:

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Until 11 January 2015

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