I originally began this project with the idea of documenting some of the many brutalist buildings around Bristol. This architectural movement flourished from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, and came out of the modernist movement of the early 20th century. Public opinion is quite varied when it comes to this style of building, with some people more inclined to dislike the concrete vastness. However, I … Continue reading Brutalism.
Images courtesy of Thomas Struth. Thomas Struth, a German photographer who studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher has produced a variety of photographic work. His street scenes, which are usually devoid of people suggest a comment on social and political aspects of a place at a particular time. His work has a certain degree of mystery to it, but also invites the viewer into the … Continue reading Thomas Struth // Streets.
Images courtesy of Helene Binet. Helene Binet is an architectural photographer who has worked with a variety of world renowned architects and designers. Her understanding of light, and how it plays with the built environment is a prominent feature in her work. Only the most important information is communicated within her imagery, which is further emphasised by her use of large format black and white … Continue reading Helene Binet.
Images courtesy of Lewis Baltz. The New Topographics movement, featuring many great American photographers occurred in the seventies. The likes of Robert Adams, Stephen Shore and Lewis Baltz responded to the ever changing American landscape, ultimately finding beauty in the banal. Baltz was mainly concerned with places devoid of human activity, particularly parking lots, empty streets and the backs of warehouses in Orange County. I … Continue reading Lewis Baltz // New Topographics.
Images courtesy of: Camille Renée Devid, Elisabetta Del Giudice, Fábio Miguel Roque, Filip De Smet, Frédéric Dorizon, Mariya Ustymenko, Peter Oey, Rogier Ten Hacken, and Stavro Papadopoulos. ‘Road’ is the first book by Preto Collective. A number of photographers have produced work that document their own road. The work seems to be about a documentation of daily life, with the consistency of black and white … Continue reading ‘Road’ // Collective Project.
Images courtesy of Ed Ruscha. In the 1960’s, Ruscha photographed along Route 66 between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City, and produced a body of work about Twenty Six Gasoline Stations. His motive was to approach these subjects with no clear agenda, but to respond instinctively instead. He said that he “just wanted to explore the subject dead-head, straight-on, without much emotion. A lack of emotion … Continue reading Ed Ruscha // Twenty Six Gasoline Stations.
Images courtesy of Gerry Johansson. In 1993 and 2005 to 2012 Johansson made vast journeys through Germany, visiting 176 different places in which he stopped to make photographs. For him, his interest lies in the relationship between people and the environment, but insists on photographing these places devoid of any human activity. He seeks to find the beauty in the banal, and to subtly comment … Continue reading Gerry Johansson.
Images courtesy of Joel Meyerowitz. In the late 70’s, Meyerowitz was commissioned by the St. Louis Art Museum to document the city. He stated that he wished to photograph there “without preconceptions or any need to pass judgment.” He noticed that the Gateway Arch, which was built in 1965, was a prominent feature of the city, and led him to use it as an organising thought … Continue reading Joel Meyerowitz // ‘St Louis and the Arch’
http://www.mustardjobs.co.uk/post/174/Brutalism-in-Bristol/ – short article about different Brutalist buildings in Bristol. New Brutalism – “Where Brutalism at least tried to build homes for people to live in, New Brutalism build homes for the rich to invest in.” http://thebristolblogger.com/2007/06/spot-the-difference-new-brutalism/ “I have got areas of plaster in the house, juxtaposed next to the concrete, and already they look mucky and disgusting with the kids banging them and handprints,” he says, “whereas … Continue reading Brutalism Within Bristol // Links.