Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography

Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography

Ville de La Chaux-de Fonds and L'Association des Amis de la Bibliothèque de la Ville
  1. Edited by Nathalie Herschdorfer
  2. and Lada Umstätter
  • ISBN 9780500544228
  • 28.00 x 23.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • 403 Illustrations, 164 in colour
  • First published 2012

Le Corbusier had perhaps a more profound effect on visual culture than any other architect of his generation and his influence and development was inextricably connected 
to the rise of the twentieth century’s central form of popular media: photography.

‘Just when you thought there wasn’t any more to write about the wily old Swiss iconoclast, along comes another rich tome with insight as to exactly why Corbusier continues to exert such a hold’ – Wallpaper*
‘From another perspective the book provides a more intimate way to access Le Corbusier’s creative process and some of the surprising inspirations behind his work' – Architect’s Newspaper Blog
‘Superb and scholarly’ – The Wall Street Journal

Long before many in his field, Le Corbusier harnessed the power of the photographic image to define and disseminate his persona, his ideas and his buildings around the world.

Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the foundation of his first studio in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, this book – the first devoted solely to the relationship between Le Corbusier and photography – brings together contributions by leading scholars and experts on the man to explore his use of and engagement with photography, offering many fresh perspectives on his genius.

From the early pictures he took as a young travelling architect and snapshots of his surroundings, to his approach to the design of his influential publications, and large-scale photographic images and collages for architectural spaces, this collection of insights into Le Corbusier’s photographic eye reveals the scope of his innovation, as well as offering candid and often unexpected images of the man himself.

See the list of contributors

Includes an extensive chronology and bibliography.

Also of interest
Le Corbusier World of Art series
Le Corbusier & Lucien Hervé: The Architect & The Photographer - A Dialogue
Building Brasilia: Photographs by Marcel Gautherot
The Iconic House: Architectural Masterworks Since 1900