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Friday, June 8, 2012

"Le Corbusier & Lucien Hervé: A Dialogue between Architect and Photographer" by Jacques Sbriglio

Hardcover, 296 pages, black & white illustrations, 14.1 x 10.1 inches.

ISBN-13: 978-1606060889, September 2011.

Published by Getty Publications:

In 1949, the photographer Lucien Hervé (1910-2007) took a picture of an innovative apartment building in Marseille, France, and sent it to the buildings architect, Le Corbusier (1887-1965). Le Corbusier responded by asking Hervé to become his official photographer. This book recounts the collaboration between these groundbreaking Modernists.

The author takes the reader on a tour of sixteen of Le Corbusier's most iconic buildings using Hervé's edited sheets of contact prints as visual guides. These sheets,which became an effective tool in the collaborative dissemination of Le Corbusier's work, capture Hervé's dynamic perspectives and dramatic use of light. His sequencing of the individual prints creates an exhilarating rhythm that powerfully showcases the architects novel forms and materials.

Jacques Sbriglio is an architect and professor of architectural theory and projects at Lécole nationale superieure d'architecture de Marseille-Luminy. Quentin Bajac is head of the photography department at the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, in Paris, and author of The Invention of Photography (Thames & Hudson/Abrams, 2002). Béatrice Andrieux is a freelance curator who has organized several exhibitions of Hervé's photographs in France. Michel Richard is director of the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris.

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