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PHOTOGRAPHY OR LIFE: POPULAR MIES. Revised translation of Humaredas. Arquitectura, ornamentacion, medios impresos (Lampreave, Madrid, 2010). Juan Jose Lahuerta. Editorial Tenov, Barcelona, 2015. Columns of Smoke, 1. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 174 pp. with 199 ills. (26 col.). 21 x 16 cm. ISBN 9788493923143 In English.
Publisher's description: Columns of Smoke is a four-volume collection. The first volume includes "Photography or Life" and "Popular Mies," which illuminate overlooked aspects of modern architecture and photography and reveal a more nuanced--and plausible--conception of the modern world. In "Photography or Life," Juan Jose Lahuerta contrasts well-known images tied to the history of twentieth-century architecture with anonymous graphic materials and pictures from the popular press. In doing so, he demonstrates that pointing a camera at a building is neither natural nor innocent--it involves deliberate and telling decisions. His analysis of the work of Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier, for example, suggests irreconcilable differences between the two architects that represent radically opposed approaches to architecture and life. Furthermore, a close study of snapshots of Walter Gropius's Bauhaus building taken by teachers and students leads to new ways of understanding the myths associated with the Dessau school. Using the same method in "Popular Mies," Lahuerta looks at photographs of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's work and shows that Mies was influenced not only by Stieglitz and Camera Work, but also a mass culture that enjoyed zeppelins, music halls, x-rays, and phantasmagorical gadgets.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Architecture, Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164916
Paperbound $34.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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