Architects of the Image: Photography in the Heroic Age of Construction

Exhibition, Main galleries, 11 October 1995 to 4 February 1996

Architects of the Image: Photography in the Heroic Age of Construction explores the relationships between camera images and the making of large-scale architectural and engineering structures that stirred public imagination in the first hundred years of photography. The exhibition is predicated on the notion of the photographer as architect, an analogy that suggests parallels between the process of designing structures and that of constructing photographic images. By capturing a transitory moment and point of view that could never be seen again, the photographer, like the architect, deliberately arranges elements and spaces into an original and permanent construction of his or her own.

The exhibition gathers some 75 examples of construction photographs from the early years of the medium to the 1930s, selected from the CCA collection.

Curated by Claude Baillargeon, CCA.


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