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Architectural photography

Photographie d’architecture

建築写真

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Published on Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Abstract

“Architectural photography (kenchiku shashin 建築写真)” is an expansive and multifaceted notion, approached differently by architects, urban planners, interior designers, developers, publishers, amateur photographers, commissioned professional photographers, or artists. This confrontation of meanings and uses is what interests us. Indeed, while architectural photography has been widely and regularly displayed since the 19th century, through albums, dedicated magazines, serial publications, photobooks, and exhibitions, there is currently no in-depth study that allows for a global understanding. Therefore, we have decided to initiate a seminar that aims to formulate a definition of this notion that encompasses all of its complexity.

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Argument

“Architectural photography (kenchiku shashin 建築写真)” is an expansive and multifaceted notion, approached differently by architects, urban planners, interior designers, developers, publishers, amateur photographers, commissioned professional photographers, or artists. This confrontation of meanings and uses is what interests us. Indeed, while architectural photography has been widely and regularly displayed since the 19th century, through albums, dedicated magazines, serial publications, photobooks, and exhibitions, there is currently no in-depth study that allows for a global understanding. Therefore, we have decided to initiate a seminar that aims to formulate a definition of this notion that encompasses all of its complexity.

Since the 19th century, photography and architecture have maintained a special relationship. The subject content of the world’s first photograph, Nicephore Niepce, View from the Window at Le Gras, 1827, which was taken in France, was architecture thanks to the intrinsic quality of immobility of the built structure that corresponded to the long pause necessary to take a photo in those times. In the case of Japan, photographic techniques and the Western concept of architecture were simultaneously adapted when the country reopened. Yet contrary to what happened in the West, in Japan photography did not suffer from a battle with fine arts – indeed fine arts were also imported into Japan at the that time—allowing photography to be embraced by Japanese as soon as it arrived. Photography quickly became considered a modern medium perfectly suited to record new architecture— a modern means of representation for a modern subject. Moreover, since the Japanese word shashin means “copy of reality”, photography was soon seen as a practical tool for informing Tokyo’s elite about the evolution of construction or the damage caused to the built environment by natural disasters or conflicts in remote territories, as well as for recording heritage treasures scattered throughout the country. It was also a popular tool for companies to keep track of the progress of their projects and to showcase them once they were completed. Furthermore, in the 20th century, when photography entered the realm of the arts, symbolic, imagined, or utopian representations were added to documented representations of the built environment.

Program

February 18, 2023

9h30-12h (Paris time) / 17h30-20h (Tokyo time)

on line

  • Introduction par Cecile Laly (université de Kyoto Seika)
  • Jean-Sébastien Cluzel (Sorbonne université), Survival Boogie Woogie. Néo-japonisme et photographie d’architecture
  • Véronique Brindeau (INALCO), La photographie d’architecture selon Sugimoto Hiroshi

Registration

https://univ-lille-fr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuc-mrqjoiHdHDKzm1UedRRn_QAQiSJkBO

May 20, 2023 

10h-12h (Paris time) / 17h-19h (Tokyo time)

in Tokyo and by videoconference

Modération Cecile Laly (univ. Kyoto seika, Sciencescope), Catherine Grout (ENSAP de Lille, Japarchi)

  • Jérémie Souteyrat (photographe), La place de la photographie documentaire en architecture (tokyo no ie et autres projets)
  • Gilles Mastalski (CRCAO), La redécouverte du fonds photographique de Wakaji Matsumoto (1889-1965). Un nouveau regard sur Hiroshima et le Genbaku dōmu 原爆ドーム avant le bombardement atomique

Registration

https://univ-lille-fr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpdu6urj8jH9VUuW0Qcly8UQr7f-KcaUSB

Après votre inscription, vous recevrez un e-mail de confirmation contenant les instructions pour rejoindre la réunion.

June 3, 2023

10h-12h (Paris time) / 17h-19h (Tokyo time)

 in Kyoto and by videoconference

Modération Cecile Laly (univ. Kyoto seika, Sciencescope), Sylvie Brosseau (univ. Waseda, Japarchi)

  • Chihoko Andō (Kyoto Institute of Technology), Old Japanese Castles and Photographs: An Examination of the Meanings of the Genre of “Castle Photograph” in the Dawn of Japanese Photography

A unique genre of “castle photograph” was developed in 19th-century Japan. The pioneers of photography, the feudal lords, foreign photographers, and Japanese photographers who studied photography with foreigners, left numerous photographs of castles. They were taken for various purposes, such as documents of historical architecture at the historical turning point in late 19th century Japan or as subjects for the photo postcards that were popular in early 20th century Japan. In particular, a castle functioned both as a military base and a residence for feudal loads. Therefore, while they took a panoramic photo to grasp a complete view of the outside of the castle exactly, they took an interior photo to enjoy a partial view of the inside of the castle intimately. Thus, castle photography seems to have important implications for the history of Japanese photography. However, the significance of the genre of castle photographs has not been fully considered yet. Therefore, this presentation takes notice of photographs of castles taken in 19th century Japan to begin to discuss the meanings of the genre of castle photographs in the history of Japanese photography.

  • Hiromi Matsugi (International Research Center for Japanese Studies), État des lieux de la recherche sur la photographie d’architecture

Registration in english or japanese to : symposium@nichibun.ac.jp before May 25, 2023.

withthe following informations:

  1. event title: Seminaire JAPARCHI
  2. online (zoom) or on-site participation (Nichibunken, 3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto)
  3. your name
  4. your affiliation and status
  5. your country of residence

Places

  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Tokyo, Japan

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Saturday, June 03, 2023

Keywords

  • architecture, photographie, Japon, interprétation

Contact(s)

  • catherine Grout
    courriel : c-grout [at] lille [dot] archi [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • catherine Grout
    courriel : c-grout [at] lille [dot] archi [dot] fr

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Architectural photography », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, February 07, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1ahk

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