THROUGH THE FACTS TO WHICH CAMERA WORK IS LIMITED, SOMEHOW SPIRIT
On the Intellectual Side
On the Feeling Side
ASSUMING THAT MUMFORD IS RIGHT, THEN THE ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER GOES TO WORK WITH FAILURE IN HIS CAMERA. HIS STRENGTH LIES IN THE BELIEF THAT THE EXPERIENCE OF A PHOTOGRAPH CAN BE THE ECHO OF AN EXPERIENCE OF A BUILDING HE THRIVES BECAUSE HE NEVER UNDERESTIMATES THE VALUE OF AN ECHO!
SPACE & TIME ARE OF THE ESSENCE OF ARCHITECTURE. TO ECHO ARCHITECTURE THE PHOTOGRAPHER USES A MEDIUM WHOSE ESSENCE IS TIME & LIGHT
TO INTERPRET OR TO RECORD
A SCALE OF MODES: The Interpretive Mode (Romanticistic, organic)
THE THINGS-SPEAK-FOR-THEMSELVES MODE (Classicistic, geometrical)
ARCHITECTURE AS AN ORGANISM
NOW, THIS STONE IS CHRIST
Alfred Stieglitz might have strung the above words together in that very order some time during his talks with people about the essence of picture-making photography. Since the "quote" concerns the essence of camera work, it must also apply to architectural pho tography.
For the photographer wanting a guide through the complexities of modern architecture and its roots ARCHITECTURE AS SPACE is the book. Its subtitle "How to Look at Architecture" gives an inkling of the approach which is contemporary, readable, comprehensive, tailored to the serious task of orienting the layman to his visual environment.
Aperture takes this opportunity to thank all the photographers and publishers who have generously made pictures and quotations available. The photographs are by the courtesy of the photographers unless otherwise noted. The quotations by publishers as follows: