This title highlights images of architecture from Greek temples to Gothic cathedrals to modern-day skyscrapers. From the invention of photography in 1839, architecture was second only to portraiture as the most favoured subject for the camera. The fact that buildings were immobile was advantageous for the long exposures needed in the early days, but architectural images were popular for other reasons: they documented dynastic, civic, and religious achievements; educated architects about construction and decorative details; and whetted curiosity about distant lands. Arranged chrologically, this volume spans the history of the medium and includes works in a variety of photographic processes by such distinguished practitioners as Gustave Le Gray, Roger Fenton, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Lewis Baltz and Michael Wesely. The seventy-five images presented here form a paply of architectural structures and styles, from Egyptian ruins to Greek temples and Gothic cathedrals, and from skyscrapers and Modernist schools to mundane vernacular dwellings.
Gordon Baldwin is an independent curator, a recipient of the Rome Prize for architectural drawings, and a former curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.