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    DescriptionBuildings inhabit and symbolize time, giving form to history and making public space an index of the past. Photographs are made of time; they are literally projections of past states of their subjects. This visually striking meditation on architecture in photography, indirectly marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, explores the intersection between these two ways of embodying the past, by contemplating photographs of buildings as simultaneously the agents, vehicles, and cargo of social memory. "The Life and Death of Buildings" features images by such renowned photographers as Edouard-Denis Baldus, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Laura Gilpin, Lewis W. Hine, and William Henry Fox Talbot alongside those by amateurs, architects, propagandists, and even insurance adjusters. Rather than examine these photographers' aims in isolation, the author considers how their images reflect and inflect the passage of time. Much as a building's shifting function and circumstances substantially alter its significance, a photograph studied in the context of its subsequent history grows layers of meaning to which its maker had no access.


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    Title
    The Life and Death of Buildings
    Subtitle
    On Photography and Time
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joel Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 104
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 503 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300174359
    ISBN 10: 0300174357
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    BIC subject category V2: AJC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 779
    BIC subject category V2: AMG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 625
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    Libri: I-AP
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: PHO014000, PHO001000
    B&T Approval Code: A06284000
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    DC22: 778.9/4
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    DC23: 779.4
    LC classification: TR659 .S62 2011
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    Thema V1.0: AJC, AMG
    Illustrations note
    80 colour images
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    02 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Joel Smith is curator of photography at the Princeton University Art Museum. His previous publications include Edward Steichen: The Early Years.