Record Pictures: Photographs from the Archives of the Institution of Civil Engineers Hardcover 2014
In Record Pictures: Photographs from the Archive of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Michael Collins traces the history of the matter of fact aesthetic of the Bechers and the Dusseldorf School back to its origins in the topographically precise photography of elementary nineteenth century industrial survey photography. Termed 'Record Pictures', combining the qualities of detail and clarity with the objectivity of technical drawings, this photography had a scientific rather than an artistic purpose. Significantly, one of the founders of Britain's Photographic Society was a leading civil engineer. This original application gave rise to a genre of photography whose history has not been properly recognised. Record Pictures: Photographs from the Archive of the Institution of Civil Engineers represents the photographic jewels of arguably one of the finest collections in Britain.
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: SteidlMACK 2004
Landscape and Industry 2014
As examined in his introductory essay, Landscape and Industry is an exploration of how contemporary art can draw on the influences of early industrial 'record picture' photography. Photographed on large format, the subjects include landscapes, industrial structures and interiors; Battersea Power Station, Birmingham car factories, Pennsylvanian coal mines, cityscapes of London, New York and Paris, the Bedford brickworks, and the industrial remains on the Hoo Peninsula.
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Imprint: Dewi Lewis Publishing
DEWEY edition: 23
Pictures From the Hoo Peninsula 2015
Barely thirty miles from the City of London, the Hoo Peninsula sticks out into the estuary where the Rivers Thames and Medway meet. Michael Collins visited the peninsula over many years, working with a large format camera in the tradition of nineteenth century record pictures. With their rich details and matter of fact depiction, Record Picture photography was commissioned by government and industry to document industrial progression; on Hoo, Michael Collins' photographs reveal its demise. Influenced also by the history of English and Continental 'plein air' painting, Pictures From The Hoo Peninsula is both an exploration of the cycle of Western industrial decline and a testament to the continuum of this landscape tradition.
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Verlag Kettler; 1st edition (11 April 2017)
Language: English, German
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