Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography by John Comazzi is a book all architecture photographers should own. No question. Within his photographs Korab shows a mastery of his art that any architecture photographer should aspire toward.Read More
Shortly after I purchased and reviewed the excellent This Brutal World (review here) I was made aware of an all-encompassing brutalist tome being constructed by the same publisher. Now available, Atlas of Brutalist Architecture (AoBA) is a colossus of a book. In size, weight, scope, and content, the AoBA is an ode to brutalist architecture.Read More
Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (CCCP) may best be described as a passion project. Over a remarkably short period of seven years (2003-2010) Frédéric Chaubin travelled to and photographed many of the crumbling architectural remnants of the former USSR.Read More
I have to be honest and say I am pretty new to this brutalism thing. I’ve visited a few websites and read the occasional article but expert I am not. What should be fairly obvious however is that my interest in architecture comes from a photographic standpoint and it is as a photographer that I offer my thoughts.Read More
Yes it is actually. The hardback book is about 180 pages and contains images that span the length and breadth of London. As the name suggests the focus is strictly on modern architecture here so do not expect any images of Buckingham Palace or The Tower or the likes.
But is the photography good?
Well, yes and no. There are no poor images as such but I can’t honestly say there are any stunning shots either. A lot are taken in harsh sun and some pretty nasty shadows and reflections can be seen... but shooting in the city is hard going and access can be limited.
Should I buy it then?
You can pick the hardback for under £18 which is pretty cheap for anything to do with photography - a rocket blower can cost more than that! If, like me, you have an interest in urban and architectural photography then this book is choc full of inspiring locations to shoot when in London - I can genuinely say I would not have found had I not purchased this book, so for me, it was definitely a worthwhile buy.
DETAILS: Title: New Architecture London, Authors: Edwin Heathcote, Agnese Sanvito, Richard Schulman, Format: Hardback, Size: 235mm x 280mm, Pages: 176pp, Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations, ISBN: 978-3-7913-8278-4, Publisher: Prestel