Modern Forms: An Expanded Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture by Nicolas Grospierre


New 2022 edition of Nicolas Grospierre’s acclaimed photographic survey of modernist architecture. Offering intriguing insights into the history of modernist design, the origins of architectural photography and more. Included are new texts from the Barbican, MoMA and independent curators. It showcases well known and lesser known buildings posing the question, is form still function? How »modern« is modernist architecture? And what has happened to the style’s foundational utopian ideals?

‘Drawn from Grospierre’s ever-expanding archive documenting his travels, these large-format photographs of almost 250 buildings are arranged purely by their shapes, prioritizing form over function and location to give a unique perspective of global structures. Uniform in perspective, and presented without comment, Grospierre’s photographs allow viewers to discover details and colours that a more narrative-focused presentation would prohibit. The work of nearly a quarter of a century, this ever-expanding collection reflects a labour of love, a photographer’s deep obsession, and a celebration of buildings both iconic and mundane all over the world’.



288 pages, 24,0 x 28,0 cm, 250 color illustrations

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Weight 2500 g
Dimensions 35.0 × 35.0 × 10.00 cm