We went to see the current photography exhibition “Constructing Worlds: Photography and architecture in the Modern age” at the Barbican today – and were very impressed. The exhibition showcases 18 photographers from the early 20th Century up to today that captured not only stunning buildings but compelling images with strong narrative.
The exhibition is arranged over two floors in chronological order with a dedicated section to each photographer and introduces them with a brief paragraph explaining the thinking and impact behind each of them. The variation in technique, scale and subject keeps the viewer interested and engaged throughout the whole exhibition and I especially enjoyed the water tower series, the large scale photography on the ground floor and Iwan Baan’s “Torre David” series.
We also had a quick look at the free exhibition “A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without Future…” in the Curve gallery by Walead Beshty. Here, 12’000 cyanotype prints where pinned up in chronological order using found objects and discarded pieces of paper and card during the course of a year.
More information about the two exhibitions can be found here.