Soft Cover, Thread Stiching, 111 Pages, 2007, Jan van Eyck Academie
Citygraphy #01 and the research project of the same name is investigating the representation of modern urbanity, in close collaboration with academics, essayists and photographers.
Citygraphy #01 and the research project of the same name is investigating the representation of modern urbanity, in close collaboration with academics, essayists and photographers. The project examines the role of 19th-century photography in the consciousness and perception of the European city as a historic focal point - a fulcrum subject to the powers of modernization. Contrasts between urban centres and expanding suburbs, between handicraft and industrial production, between transport by water and over land, between conservation and redevelopment, between restoration as both a form of protection and of rebuilding, between the interests of residents and those of visitors all determine the overall politics of life. What role did the visual image play in all of this, and in particular, what was the role of photography?
Now, for the first time a volume of essays has been published, edited by Dirk Lauwaert, with contributions of Peter Rotsaert, Steven Humblet, Steven Jacobs, Christina Kott, Maarten Delbeke, Bruno Notteboom and Dirk Lauwaert.