Topical Collection "Architectural Photography"


A topical collection in Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This collection belongs to the section "Visual Arts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)


Guest Editor
Dr. Pierluigi Serraino

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Interests: post-war american architecture; california modernism; architectural photography; changes in architectural practice; digital design

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Architecture is physically anchored to its site. Its material existence bounds it to the particularity of a place. By default it is unmovable. Those who commit to having a first-hand experience of an actual space must embark on a pilgrimage to get there with the one-sided assumption that they will have full access to it. Photography is the messenger of the building's reality beyond its immediate surroundings. It broadcasts this metaphorical new-born in the built environment to all corners of the world. The photographer is granted a temporary visa to enter the premise and memorialize through the camera what s/he is able to read of that space. In this narrow window of opportunity, architecture is given new birth in media. The transition of architecture from three-dimensional artifact to images is a rite of passage with paramount consequences for discourse. To a large extent, those effects have remained largely unexamined increasing gaps of misreading. This collection of Arts is devoted to gathering a cluster of competing points of view on the role and (mis)use of architectural photography in critical and historical research. Contributions are solicited on a range of sub-topics under the umbrella of the main subject from scholars of disciplines whose internal discourse architectural photography has a detectable impact on. Suggested, but not limited to, themes range from the ethics of spectatorship, visual rhetoric, identity formation, long-term memory construction, canon formation, forms of historiography, manufacturing professional consent.

Dr. Pierluigi Serraino
Guest Editor

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Arts 2014, 3(3), 307-334; doi:10.3390/arts3030307
Received: 6 June 2014 / Revised: 4 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 8 September 2014
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Arts 2014, 3(3), 335-349; doi:10.3390/arts3030335
Received: 2 July 2014 / Revised: 26 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 8 September 2014
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