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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age will be on dispaly in the Barbican Art Gallery from September 25, 2014 to January 11, 2015.

Since the very first photograph, architecture has proved to be an enduring subject matter for photographers. Constructing Worlds looks beyond the medium’s ability to simply document the built world and explores the power of photography to reveal wider truths about society.

The exhibition brings together 250 works – some rarely seen and many shown in the UK for the first time – by 18 leading photographers from the 1930s to now, who have changed the way we view architecture and think about the world in which we live.

Constructing Worlds takes the visitor on a global journey of 20th and 21st century architecture, from Berenice Abbott’s ground-breaking photographs charting the birth of the skyscraper in New York to the recent dramatic growth of Chinese urbanisation recorded by Nadav Kander.

Exhibition events in September include a rare opportunity to hear American photographer Stephen Shore in conversation with the writer Gerry Badger (September 26, 2014 at 7pm).

The exhibition is at the heart of the Constructing Worlds season – a constellation of projects that celebrate the interplay of photography, architecture and life. This includes a new commission in the Curve by the internationally acclaimed artist Walead Beshty, a dedicated film strand City Visions and a brand new film commission and residency by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine.

Tickets: £8 – £12, Under 12s: Free.

Opening hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 10am – 6pm; Thursday and Friday, 10am – 9pm; Bank Holidays: 12noon – 6pm.

Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tel: 0845 120 7550


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