Featuring a selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs from the Museum’s collection, Picturing Buildings illuminates the enduring appeal of photographing architecture, from historic Turkish mosques and New York City skyscrapers, to industrial factories and intimate domestic interiors. Each of these visually and spatially complex sites provides photographers with representational challenges and endless opportunities to innovate. Through selective framing, dramatic perspectival distortion, and heightened contrasts between light and dark, photographers reinterpret their architectural subjects by focusing on the creative act of constructing a photograph. Join UMMA docents as they explore the intriguing transformation that takes place when the camera converts three dimensions into two.
Picturing Buildings: Photographers and Architecture, 1855–1985
Lead support for Picturing Buildings: Photographers and Architecture, 1855-1985 is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.