Constructing Worlds at The Barbican

This weekend I went to check out the latest exhibition at The Barbican which explores the relationship between photography and architecture. Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age brings together an incredible amount of over 250 images proving photographers have had a long-standing love affair with architecture ever since the medium’s early days. The exhibition starts in the 1930s with the iconic black and white New York City images of Man Ray’s protégé Berenice Abbott, moving on to the early colour photography of Julius Shulman, who captured the glamour of 1950s LA homes by Richard Neutra and the Eamses, helping to shape the glossy interiors spreads in magazines like House & Garden. I especially loved Hiroshi Sugimoto’s moody, out of focus images of iconic buildings like The Guggenheim and Andreas Gursky and Iwan Baan’s powerful, large format images of cities in rapid change – leaving a lasting impression of something the naked eye could never capture.

Constructing Worlds Until 11 January 2015