Framing space: agendas and content in the architectural photograph

Brooker, Graeme and Northey, Eric (2008) Framing space: agendas and content in the architectural photograph The Journal of Architecture, 13 (2). pp. 117-131. ISSN 1360-2365

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The extensive use of photographic material from architectural magazines in teaching about architectural space, often goes unquestioned. This neglect raises important issues, since most buildings will now only be encountered by students in their mediatised re-presented form, rather than in real space and time. This paper outlines a critical, semiological strategy for analysing the value of such photographic material, categorising them under three broad headings of Naive Realism; Trophysim and Fetishism. Naive Realism concentrates on the informational value of such material. Trophysim investigates the consequences of public relations' inputs to these sources and Fetishism uses Freudian approaches to tease out secondary and unconscious meanings that may lie below the surface. It is these latter meanings, which give, rise to awe and form a key part of the aesthetic response to architectural photography. We argue that understanding these processes is crucially important in the training of young architects and designers.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:K000 Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture > K120 Interior Architecture
K000 Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/13602360802023971
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Architecture and Design
ID Code:9238
Deposited By:Graeme Brooker
Deposited On:26 Oct 2011 11:48
Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 11:49

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