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Saint Louis Art Museum's Architectural Photography from the Collection, 1850–2000 exhibition

Tyrone Wallace

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ST. LOUIS, MO – The Saint Louis Art Museum is displaying an exhibit of their Architectural Photography from the Collection, 1850–2000. The exhibit is open to the public for free from July 2, 2021, until January 2, 2022.

Eric Lutz, associate curator for prints, drawings, and photographs is the curator for Architectural Photography from the Collection, 1850–2000. Its exhibits will show visitors traces of the representation of how architecture looked from the period of 150 years and the differences in architecture over the years.

The exhibit will display photographic prints and illustration books from European and American artists, which will present a significant illustration of the architecture. The photographic prints and illustrations are mainly from the Museum’s permanent collection. The photographs on display will give visitors a journey through the geography and history of the surviving abbeys of medieval Europe and to the skyscrapers in modern America.

The exhibition not only shows photographs of architecture but also represented the reasons why these photographers are interested in the architectural subject. There are different ways these photographers approached the object.

Some worked on commission and uses their skills in photography to capture and communicate the complex architectural design through perspective and lighting. While some other worked in response to shapes, tones, and the texture of buildings to create their own expression through the art of visual language that is photography.

The exhibit will also feature the works from noted photographers such as Francis Frith, Maxime Du Camp, Julius Shulman, and Berenice Abbott. It will also highlight a rare and compelling work from the team of first Americans to photograph the ancient ruins of Egypt, Leavitt Hunt, and Nathan Baker.

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