The influence and development of Le Corbusier was inextricably connected to the rise of the twentieth century’s central form of popular media; photography. The Swiss-born architect had perhaps a more profound effect on visual culture than any other architect of his generation. Long before many in his field, he harnessed the power of the photographic image to define and disseminate his persona, his ideas and his buildings around the world. In this, he was far ahead of his time.
Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the foundation of his first studio in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, this book brings together contributions by leading scholars and experts on the architect to explore Le Corbusier’s use of and engagement with photography. From the early pictures he took as a young travelling architect and snapshots of his surroundings, to his hands-on approach to the graphic design of his influential publications, and large-scale photographic images and collages for architectural spaces, this collection of insights into Le Corbusier’s photographic eye reveals the scope of his innovation, as well as offering candid and often unexpected images of the man himself.
Le Corbusier’s connection with photography has long been noted. This is the first publication devoted solely to the special relationship between the architect and the most important form of media expression in the modern era. Completed by a reference section that includes an extensive chronology and bibliography, this significant contribution to the literature on Le Corbusier offers many fresh perspectives on his creative genius and the art of timeless design.