Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, LC2015 - Le Corbusier, 50 years later

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The Photo book as Symphony – Ronchamp as Sculpture: Re-composing Architectural Photography
Talette Simonsen

Last modified: 13-11-2015


Abstract: This paper suggests that Le Corbusier’s editorial composition of the book Ronchamp: Les Carnets de la recherche patiente 2 can be regarded as an artisticmanner ofre-composing architectural photography that partly contrasts LeCorbusier’s otherwise conservative concept of the synthesis of the arts,which so far had excluded themediumof photography. The paper proposesthat the book,which was published at a time when The Chapel of Ronchamp (1950-1955) had become controversial among architectural critics, aspired to communicate the architectural project as a work of art by creating links to other art forms, particularly by: 1) emphasizing Hervé’s artistic, partly non-representational, approach to architectural photography; 2) employing principles of musical composition; and 3) approximating photographic practise of documenting sculpture.


Keywords: architectural photography, photo book,Lucien Hervé,LeCorbusier, Ronchamp.


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/LC2015.2015.935


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