The Life of Buildings

The Life of Buildings

A building attracts the attention of photographers at the start of its life, and again at the end, if it ends dramatically. Only rarely do the days in between leave a visual record. Through an artist’s lens, though, even the most ephemeral moments in a structure’s existence can be revealed as the stuff of history.To what order of history does a building’s history belong? When it surrenders to mold or becomes dusty rubble, a building seems to leave culture behind and join the realm of natural history. But the camera recognizes that this transition is no transition at all. In the months, decades, or millennia that a stone spends as part of a building, it never leaves nature behind; it never ceases being subject to gravity, entropy, and the weather.

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

The Sentient Wall

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