"I’m not a photographer. I shoot for architecture – if there’s art here it’s a by-product," says Denise Scott Brown (* 3 October 1931 in Zambia), who is among the most important representatives of postmodern architecture. With several books, the couple Robert Venturi (who passed in September of this year at the age of 93) and Denise Scott Brown has changed the way we think about and view architecture and has made a significant contribution to architectural theory. Her photos have been published in the book entitled 'Denise Scott Brown – Photographs, 1956-1966' (PLANE-SITE) and are on display at Carriage Trade Gallery in New York through the end of December 2018.
"For Robert Venturi and me, these sequences from Venice to Venice, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas provided inspiration and they still do. And via them, architectural photography initiated a move beyond beauty shots and data. Over the last 60 years, by adding analysis, synthesis, recommendation, and design, it has gone from tool to sub-discipline in architecture," says Denise Scott Brown.
The gallery on the photos : "As one of the first architects/designers to acknowledge the significance of Pop Art as a means of understanding the American vernacular and the commercial strip, Scott Brown’s ideas have often been communicated through the medium of photography. Her pictures of the "electric city" of 1960s Las Vegas as well as the symbolically rich historical architecture of Venice served as visual research for arguments put forth in the seminal Learning From Las Vegas written with her late partner Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour.
In proposing the significance of the image as a means of understanding and engaging with the built environment, Denise Scott Brown’s photographs from the 1950’s and 60’s seem to have anticipated the explosion of visual culture within urban settings. As the static images on billboards yield to video screens, and mobile technologies expand the image world to the palm of our hand, these pictures of the modern and historical city represent early, non-hierarchical investigations into the ongoing rapport between image and site, inspiring much of the research on urbanism and representation that followed. Denise Scott Brown’s photographs are exhibited alongside reproductions of research material and films first produced as part of the Learning From Las Vegas project. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published by PLANE-SITE and featuring texts by Scott Brown and Andrés Ramirez."