At the turn of the 20th century, architecture took an imaginative leap. As new
construction materials and technologies met such far-flung stimuli as the Far East,
Nirvana, and the unleashed unconscious of Freudian psychoanalysis, buildings by the
likes of Gaudí, Horta, Hoffmann, Loos, and Mackintosh instilled structure with the
sinuous lines of nature, surfaces with a fairy-tale shimmer, and spaces with an ethereal
wash of light or shadowy, mysterious hush.
For this dramatic portfolio, the late architectural photographer Keiichi Tahara
travelled across Europe to present the finest examples of this Art Nouveau
architecture. From the glamorous façade of the Grand Hotel Europa to the elaborate
sweep of a staircase or the perfect poise of a single chandelier, Tahara captures the
intricate details as much as the holistic spatial effects of these ambitious,
marvelous structures. With an eye attuned to the style’s organic detailing, he surveys
its floral patterns, vine-like balustrades, and the soft, hollow interiors that seem to
summon us into some primordial place.
Drenched in sunshine or draped in dramatic shadows, Tahara’s pictures excel in
evoking not only the unrivaled aura of these buildings but also the particular,
fin-de-siècle spirit of their age, caught on the axel of a century, and characterized by
reflection and yearning, as much as technological, philosophical, and political advance.
Texts by Riichi Miyake accompany Tahara’s pictures to describe the buildings’ floor
plans, designs, and the broader context of their dreamlike environments.
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Format: Hardback, Clothbound, 3 Volumes in Slip Case, 966 pages
Dimensions: 27 x 36.8cm
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