Picturing Cities: The Photobook as Urban Narrative

Deriu, D. and Maggi, A. (ed.) 2024. Picturing Cities: The Photobook as Urban Narrative. Milan FrancoAngeli.

TitlePicturing Cities: The Photobook as Urban Narrative
EditorsDeriu, D. and Maggi, A.

What is a photobook? And how can we assess its historical and cultural relevance for the representation of cities? The terms 'photographic book' and 'picture book' refer to various illustrated publications, with or without text, in which photographic images play a key role. Often resulting from the collaboration between photographers, editors and graphic designers, they are intended to build visual narratives on specific places or subjects. Throughout its history, this versatile form of publication has allowed photographers to depict urban environments in widely different ways. Although the photobook has been integral to the construction of urban narratives since the early-twentieth century, its significance for the experience and perception of cities has so far been rarely investigated. Picturing Cities addresses this gap by mapping the shifting nature and function of photobooks onto the history of urban representation. This collection of essays from Europe and the Americas illustrates a broad range of aesthetic attitudes as well as analytical approaches to Western cities expressed through photobooks. The anthology, stemming from a conference session chaired by the editors, focuses on the photobook as a form of urban narrative: a tool that has been deployed to read, analyse and interpret cities through curated sequences of images, often in conjunction with literary or critical texts. It opens up a multidisciplinary field of research with the potential to expand into further geographical and cultural areas.

Urban narrative
Publication dates
Published18 Apr 2024
Place of publicationMilan
SeriesArchitecture (Collana di Architettura - Nuova Serie)
Web address (URL)https://www.francoangeli.it/Libro/Picturing-Cities-The-Photobook-as-Urban-Narrative?Id=29021

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